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Adobe Starts 64-bit Flash Testing With Linux Alpha

Nov 17, 2008, 22:01 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"Flash on the Linux platform has traditionally lagged far behind Windows. Adobe has steadily been closing this gap and has publicly committed to making Linux a fully-supported first-tier platform alongside Windows and Mac OS X. During the Flash 9 development cycle, Adobe reworked the player to make it fully cross-platform compatible. Since then, they have mostly provided feature parity between platforms and have consistently made new versions available under Linux. Adobe has also improved Flash performance on Linux with version 10 of the player.

"Despite Adobe's efforts to improve the quality of the Flash Player user experience for Linux enthusiasts, the lack of a proper 64-bit version created significant problems. In the early days, 64-bit Linux users had to run 32-bit browsers inside of a chroot jail or use a 32-bit browser linked against a full set of 32-bit libraries. Eventually, nspluginwrapper emerged and provided cross-architecture support for 32-bit browser plugins in some browsers. It worked, but it was a suboptimal solution with a lot of problems."

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