Yes, Virginia, there will be a Flash Player 9 for Linux

It has been a while since the last update about Linux, so here we go…

Yes, Adobe is actively working on the Linux version of Flash Player 9. We expect to make a pre-release version available on Adobe Labs for early feedback and testing before the end of the year, with the full release expected in early 2007*. As delivering consistency across platforms is a core value of Flash Player, performance is one of the main goals of the Linux release.

I’m also happy to introduce a new Adobe blogger to you — Mike M. is an engineer on the Flash Player team working on the Linux player. He just started up his blog, Penguin.SWF, and is excited to begin interacting with the community as we work towards this release. Not that I don’t love the passionate comments from the community on all my posts. 😉

* legal sez: this is the expected release timing and dates may change if Adobe finds it necessary.

*** 7.5.2006 ***I’m closing comments on this entry because people are posting here without reading the other available info, or more recent posts. It’s a bit hard to keep up with comments on old entries, but I think most of the addressable questions have been answered.A quick summary:* There is no Flash Player 8.5. It was renamed Flash Player 9 between Beta 2 and Beta 3.* Flash Player 9 for Linux is under development and a beta will be made available soon. If you would like to follow along, one of our devs started his own blogs on the topic.* When will it be released? Early 2007 is all that we have said publicly at this time.I do encourage constructive feedback, and hope you visit Penguin.SWF to provide your input on the development of the Linux player.Thanks!