Adobe Releases 64-bit Flash For Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Proprietary Software on 17 November 2008 at 07:52 AM EST. 72 Comments
Since acquiring Macromedia, Adobe has improved its Flash Player for Linux quite a bit in recent times with the Linux version of Flash being updated in sync with the Windows and Mac OS X versions. For instance, development of Flash Player 10 led to several public alpha and beta releases that brought a number of new features to this platform. The most voiced complaint though about Adobe Flash for Linux is that it's been limited to 32-bit Linux and Adobe has ignored all 64-bit Linux users, but today that has changed. Adobe has started bringing Flash to 64-bit Linux!

Over on the Adobe Labs web-site they have released an alpha version of Flash Player 10 that's targeted at Linux x86_64. This 64-bit Flash plug-in works without the NSPlugin wrapper and will "just work" with your 64-bit web browser. The release notes for the 64-bit Linux edition can be read here.

Will Sun be next to improve the 64-bit Linux user-land by releasing an official 64-bit version of its Java plug-in? Let's hope.

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