Adobe to release 64-bit Flash for Linux

By   |  November 17, 2008

In response to growing demand from open source users, Adobe will today release a 64-bit version of its Flash 10 player for Linux.

The 64-bit version will be an alpha release and will be followed by versions for other platforms at a later date.

Adobe said that while it planned to release the 64-bit version for other platforms soon, it was the Linux community that had most often asked for this release.

CNet reports that Adobe said the “release of this alpha version of 64-bit Flash Player on Linux is the first step in delivering on Adobe’s plans to make Flash Player native 64-bit across platforms. We chose Linux as our initial platform in response to numerous requests in our public Flash Player bug and issue management system and the fact that Linux distributions do not ship with a 32-bit browser or a comprehensive 32-bit emulation layer by default.

“With this prelease, Flash Player 10 is now a full native participant on 64-bit Linux distributions. We are committed to bringing native 64-bit Flash Player to Windows and Mac in future releases. We expect to provide native support for 64-bit platforms in an upcoming major release of Flash Player. Windows, Macintosh and Linux players are expected to ship simultaneously moving forward.”

[Via CNet]

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8 Responses to “Adobe to release 64-bit Flash for Linux”

  1. whenPigsFly()
    November 17th, 2008 @ 3:19 pm

    This is good news, and it gives a clear indication that if enough people actually relay their wishes to a commercial vendor, eventually they will “buckle under the pressure” and add the requested feature :)

  2. JayDee
    November 17th, 2008 @ 9:52 pm

    It’s not that they are “buckling” as another commenter said, they are just responding to their customers and market demand. Almost all the newer “PC” chips out there are x86_64, and there is no reason not to run Linux in 64bit now really..

  3. zenarcher
    November 18th, 2008 @ 12:03 am

    I installed it on three machines this morning and it’s working great! Gone are the problems with the 32 bit version, using nsplugwrapper with Firefox.

  4. duck
    November 18th, 2008 @ 12:26 am

    FINALLY! This is wonderful news!

  5. gus3
    November 18th, 2008 @ 7:32 am

    @JayDee: The market demand and the customers have been out there for over two years. Adobe has turned a deaf ear to them for a long time.

    Rather than take the opportunity to expand the platform support (and clean up the code in the process), Adobe chose to circle the wagons instead. True to form for such a heavily proprietary company.

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  7. OuZo
    November 18th, 2008 @ 4:42 pm

    it’s about dam time! 😀

  8. checkmate3001
    December 6th, 2008 @ 7:54 pm

    I can’t freakin’ believe it. Hell has a foot of snow, my uncle is dead, pigs are flying and I’m growing a new arm out my arse.

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