After 4 years of abandonment of Flash on Linux, Adobe just announced its plan to support its much-loathed Flash Player for Linux. The company has done a u-turn, providing a beta build of Adobe Flash 23 for Linux.
Resume support of the NPAPI
Yes, the company is going to resume support for NPAPI Flash Player plug-in on Linux. Moreover, the security updates in 2017 will be available as announced previously:
“in the past, we communicated that NPAPI Linux releases would stop in 2017. This is no longer the case”, they write.
The new bets version of NPAPI plug-in is now available for download. Also, the company plans to update both the NPAPI and PPAPI versions of Flash Player for Linux on a regular basis.
Why this u-turn?
In the blog post, Adobe has already mentioned its aim to keep the Linux plug-in in line with the standard Mac and Windows release. Both NPAPI and PPAPI Linux builds are scheduled to arrive after the company has performed enough testing.
Adobe says this initiative has been taken for security purpose and “new NPAPI build represents a significant step forward in functionality, stability, and security.”
You may argue why Adobe released the plug-in four years later, but better late than never. And, from the overall picture, this release sounds like good news for the Linux community.