Adobe Releases Flash Player 24 for Linux Four Years After the Last … – BleepingComputer

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Flash Player for LinuxAdobe released today Flash Player 24 for Linux, after previously abandoning the application without explanation in 2012.Flash Player for Linux is now on par with Windows and Mac releases on version 24, after spending the last few years stuck at version 11.2 and only receiving small patches and security fixes, but no new features.New Flash Player for Linux version announced over the summerToday’s Flash Player 24 for Linux release comes after Adobe teased its release on August 31, and later released a Beta version (v23) in October.The decision to update the NPAPI architecture of Flash for Linux after so many years was a surprise as big as when the company decided to pull the plug on it in 2012, after previously working on the Linux version for barely a year.Back in 2012, the decision to halt Flash development caused an uproar in Linux’s open-source community, because Adobe tried to push Linux users to switch to Google Chrome, where they could benefit from an up-to-date Flash plugin, via Google’s port called Pepper Flash (PPAPI architecture).Flash Player for Linux still lags behind Windows and Mac versionsDespite updating Flash Player for Linux to the same version number as its Windows and Mac alternatives, the Linux variant still lags behind on features.While Flash Player 24 includes all the security features included in the Windows and Mac versions, the Linux version doesn’t support accelerated GPU 3D acceleration and video DRMs.Just like in 2012, Adobe is still recommending users to install Chrome for Linux if they need these features, where the Pepper Flash plugin has been kept up to date on all platforms and is on par with the original Flash Player software package.Ironically, Adobe released Flash Player 24 for Linux at a time when all major browser vendors, such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla, have announced plans to phase out Flash Player support in their browsers in favor of more modern HTML5 and JavaScript-based alternatives.