Archive for January, 2007

Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux now available on adobe.com

Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux (x86) is now available on the player download center on adobe.com (www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer). This release also includes the standalone and debug players for developers, which are available on the support downloads page.

And a press release to boot.

and now for the FAQ:

Are the features of Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux the same as the Windows and Macintosh versions?
Yes, Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux supports the same major features and functionality as the Windows and Macintosh versions for playback of Flash content and applications. Unsupported features include Express Install and auto-update notification, which are not available due to the variety of Linux platforms, each handling the Adobe Flash Player plug-in installation in different ways. The full-screen viewing feature is not yet available but is expected to be available in a release later this year. For more information about supported features and known issues, please see the release notes www.adobe.com/go/flashplayer_releasenotes

Yes, I *did* say at beta that full-screen would make the final release…

So, why isn’t the full-screen viewing mode available in Flash Player 9 for Linux?
We wanted to make the new Flash Player for Linux available as soon as possible after the beta release. Unfortunately, the full-screen feature didn’t make it into this release but we do expect this feature to be available in the Linux player later this year.

Will WMODE, or windowless mode, be supported with this release of Flash Player 9 for Linux?
No, support for WMODE requires changes to the browser; Adobe is working with Mozilla to enable this functionality for Firefox. For more information and to track the issue, please see Bugzilla 137189.

And what about 64-bit support?
No new news to share here. We are working on support for 64-bit platforms as part of our ongoing commitment to the cross-platform compatibility of Adobe Flash Player. We have not yet announced timing or release dates.

Don’t forget to check out developing RIAs on Linux with Adobe Flash Player 9, the free Adobe Flex 2 SDK and the free Flex Data Services 2 Express (did I mention it was free?)!