Adobe Flash Player 24 Marks A Strange Comeback on Linux

Adobe Flash Player is facing an ill fate with top tech companies giving up on it after the endless security vulnerabilities. HTML5 is now pushed aggressively by major players like Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Mozilla in place of Flash player.

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The latest browsers by the above companies have now got Flash Player disabled by default, so as to push website owners to HTML5. In case, Flash is mandatory, users will have the complete authority whether to go ahead or leave.

Clearly, winds aren’t in the favor of Adobe Flash Player, but the parent company is swinging in a different direction altogether. In a strange turn of events, Adobe has released a brand new Flash Player version on Linux, a platform it gave up four years ago.

In case you haven’t heard, Adobe officially launch Flash Player 24 on Linux last week, following the surprise announcement in September this year.

The Prelude

It all started in February 2012 when Adobe announced that Flash Player 11.2 version will be the last release of the Linux OS. The company pledged support to this release until 2017 with security updates. No specific reason was given for this sudden decision, but Adobe did provide users with a workaround. Users on Linux could make use of Pepper, a plugin API that essentially made Flash Player a built-in feature which was automatically updated together with the browser.

No specific reason was given for this sudden decision, but Adobe did provide users with a workaround. Users on Linux could make use of Pepper, a plugin API that essentially made Flash Player a built-in feature which was automatically updated together with the browser. In the high sense, Adobe wanted users to switch to Google Chrome for consuming Flash content.

Fast Foward 2016

Come 2016, Adobe took everyone by surprise when it announced that Flash Player will once again be supported on the Linux operating system. Following is what the company had to say.

“In the past, we communicated that NPAPI Linux releases would stop in 2017.  This is no longer the case and once we have performed sufficient testing and received community feedback, we will release both NPAPI and PPAPI Linux builds with their major version numbers in sync and on a regular basis,”

Even though the decision took many by surprise, it seemed an obvious step when most developers have started to move away from Flash Player to HTML5.

Coming to the latest release, the Linux version of Adobe Flash stands at 24.0.0.186. This means the Flash Player is in exact sync with clients for Windows and Mac OS X.

Let’s see if Adobe can see even a minute rise in users with this move.

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