On 12/10/2013 07:06 PM, 3bitsShortOfaByte wrote:
> The current download page for Adobe Flash Player
> (get.adobe.com/flashplayer/) contains this warning:
> “Note: Adobe Flash Player 11.2 will be the last version to target Linux
> as a supported platform. Adobe will continue to provide security
> backports to Flash Player 11.2 for Linux.”
> That looks like trouble for the Linux community. Do we have an
> alternative future way to play these .swf files in Linux?
In all fairness… no. There is no fullproof future way. And while the
implication is that flash is dying, even in Windows, there is no replacement,
and Silverlight is actually dying at a faster pace.
Simply put, flash is around for awhile because there isn’t an equivalent on
Windows or Linux.
What happens after that? Not sure. It’s possible that a free flash clone might
adopt all of the features of flash, but I wouldn’t bet on it. That means that
for some of the more dubious flash features (where it makes deep grabs into your
devices) will have to be done via some other mechanism. Maybe something
pseudo-secure (because it won’t be IMHO) via "java"script? Unknown.
Java, just for the record, makes deep grabs, or has, so it’s about as secure as
flash… and only recently have people started to take notice. But I think I’d
rather have flash with it’s well known security issues vs. Java which pretends
to not have any (in particular I’m referencing the Java browser plugin).
Some suggested using the flash in Chrome, but it’s actually not feature complete
and very bug ridden. I guess if it works for you, great, but many people end up
overriding the Chrome built-in and using the less secure Adobe provided one with
Chrome just so that their software will work (again, talking mainly flash apps
where webcams, etc. are involved).
So… playing .swf… if that’s all (e.g. simple games), then maybe the free
versions will handle it. If you’re using a browser based multi-media recording
studio… might be out of luck.
Flash is evil. We did nothing to stop it early on. Now it’s the evil that’s
hard to get rid of (Feel free to replace flash with Java… though I’m sure I’ll
get flamed for saying).