Flashforward Linux Demo

Did you get to attend the Flashforward conference in Austin, Texas, USA? If you did, you got to see the first public demonstration of Flash Player 9 running on Linux. Check this entry in the Flashforward blog for a photo (albeit backwards) depicting Adobe Flash Player 9 running in Firefox on a laptop running Ubuntu. The demo site shown is the designed-for-Flash-8 Nike Air site.

Update: Mike Downey came through with some slightly higher quality photos of the presentation, including this one:

Flash Forward Linux Demo

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41 Responses to Flashforward Linux Demo

  1. Brendan says:

    Great! Anxious waiting for the beta.

  2. Bryce says:

    This photo kinda looks like a UFO photo or a snapshot of bigfoot. One day the existance of flash player 9 on linux will be discovered!

  3. Bob I says:

    Great! Any chance that it’ll be released sooner than 2007?

  4. Anonymous says:

    How ironic. The demo hosted by Mike Downey cannot be seen with the current flash player in linux.

  5. Zbigniew L. says:

    Warning! There is security hole in 7.0 Linux plugin. Download Shockwave Flash 7.0 r68 to be safe.security bulletin:http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb06-11.htmlget new flash here:http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashI hope the incoming flash 9 for Linux will have this security hole fixed.

  6. Yamiyanazz says:

    yeah, that is fairly ironic. I’m really looking forward to a beta (I’d even settle for the alpha, but I already know why it won’t be released). Glad to see it running on Ubuntu as well, since that is my home system.

  7. That’s not ironic. Funny maybe, an illustration of the stupidity of our situation yes, but not ironic. Sorry, but the misuse of the word “ironic” is one of my pet hates.As for the screenshot: Great, very encouraging. Now get back to work! *cracks the whip*

  8. Konstantin says:

    About that beta… is there a sign-up list or will it be a public beta?(sorry for off-topic)

  9. That Guy says:

    I’ve been lurking on this blog for a while now, and I finally decided to add my two cents.Glad to see the Player up and running on my primary OS. I started my quest for a flash player when I had Ubuntu 64bit on my box. After finding out that there is very little available for 64bit operating systems (plug-ins being the least of my problems) I re-installed using Ubuntu 32bit (had to re-install anyway since stepping down from the Vista Beta back to reasonably functional XP destroyed the grub loader) and then installed flash player 7.I think that not having the “Missing Plug-in” bar pop up is worth the… interesting performance of fp7 on Linux.As a side note to Liam: I think the earlier posts use of “ironic” is valid. Being unable to view a flash player demo with flash player would qualify as Situational Irony. This is similar to the example “The fire station burned down last night.” (Wikipedia). While it may be predictable that the Linux version of flash player would be unable to view a recent flash demo, the basic situation of a player being unable to play a demo of itself is ironic.

  10. Arren Lex says:

    @Liam:Actually, yes, it is ironic. Irony is the opposite of what you expect. You would EXPECT that a demonstration of Flash running on Linux would be viewable by those running Linux, because that is essentially the only audience interested in Flash on Linux. The fact that the demonstration of Flash on Linux is made in Flash which does not run on Linux is thus ironic because it is the opposite of what you expect.We’re all hungry for a beta now.

  11. 1c3d0g says:

    Liam McDermott: this blog does not need a literature Nazi, so keep your off-topic crap out of here!Mike: looking forward to whatever you have for the rest of us (alpha, beta etc.).

  12. beeman says:

    Great work guys! I’m patiently waiting for the (beta?) release!

  13. Anthony says:

    In order for Adobe to compete with Microsoft unbiquity of the flash player is vital.In order for me to fully enjoy my 4 linux computers flash 9 is vital.

  14. SamFeltus says:

    Outstanding news, now Linux will be an acceptable choice for PC for me. Just will need a Windows/Mac PC at home to run Flash Tool once in awhile.

  15. jon says:

    congratulations on your progress so far..anxiously awaiting release :-)keep up the good work!!

  16. David says:

    Great news! Thanks for posting this! I can also settle with a Betaversion until the final is ready…

  17. sherman says:

    Excellent work mate.I can’t wait for this to be released. Your doing a great service to us linux fanboys.Keep up the great work :D-Sherman

  18. Anonymous says:

    we want to be able to load new only-for-flash-8-and-above websites. we don’t want videos of UFOs. we want a new flash player NOW!!!

  19. feiy says:

    great!come on!Flashplayer 9 for linux!

  20. Kendal says:

    Thanks Mike, for keeping us up to date. Really appreciate it. Dying without Flash support in Ubuntu 🙁

  21. Dawid Zamirski says:

    FYI for those who need Flash 9 on Linux today. I was able to install and run Windows version of the Flash 9 plugin under Firefox 1.5.6 with Wine 0.9.20

  22. BD says:

    Great job Adobe! Good luck with your battle against Microsoft in the coming years.

  23. Mike Downey says:

    How ironic. The demo hosted by Mike Downey cannot be seen with the current flash player in linux.Hi -I think the demo that you’re referring to was done by Garrett Nantz from Big Spaceship. He was showing off their latest work for Nike (www.nikeair.com). This site uses many of the new features in Flash Player 8.We wanted to show a really complex site that pushes the capabilities of Flash Player , especially with regard to performance. The nike air site was perfect in that it uses a lot of video with alpha transparency, dynamically generated bitmap effects with ActionScript, and many others.In short, of course the demo that we showed doesn’t work in the current release of the Flash Player on Linux. This was a demo of the NEXT version of the Flash Player on Linux.Thanks,Mike Downey | Flash Product Manager

  24. Jon says:

    We should have seen a video demonstration of this a while ago . . .What’s the hold up?

  25. Gravis says:

    Is there any answer as to why the screen shot is backwards? I was going to be at Flashforward except they didn’t have a Linux compatible teleporter pad. *sigh*

  26. That Guy says:

    I think the screen shot was backwards because it was taken by a camera from behind the projection screen. Feel free to correct me if that is not the case.This posts shot is in the correct orientation though.

  27. macewan says:

    A screenshot of Flash 9 on Ubuntu? But nothing released for test. It’s as if Adobe is determined to piss off the Linux crowd.

  28. Eager says:

    Three cheers for progress!The eventual 2008 FP9 beta release on linux is going to be great, and make such a powerful counterpoint to FP 10 on Mac/Win!

  29. Kroneage says:

    Come on people lighten up! You should be celebrating, instead of complaining. Yes I’m anxious for Flash9 too. But there’s too many turkeys waiting to gobble up the Devs if there’s any mistakes when released. I’d be reluctant to release it. You could hinder this project more than help with your negativity!Adobe has put lots of time and money on this project that we the Linux community are totally unaware of. Releasing Flash9 to the Linux Community is like needing to Declare Marshall Law to keep from being mobbed. lol ;DLinux is not like having one Apple or one Microsoft to develop for. What do we have 1 to 2 HUNDRED Linux Distros? Do yourself a favor and take a deep breath and relax. It will be here before you know it! 😀

  30. Adam Kosmin says:

    Big deal. Yet another non-free binary to bastardize our GNU/Linux machines.spare me……

  31. jumanji says:

    A telling choice for showcasing the Flash platform.Nike sites have always been the epitome of Flash diarrhea. They are a model of how *not* to design a web site.Queue the apologists: “But the Nike site delivers a captivating user experience!”

  32. Kroneage says:

    Come on people lighten up! You should be celebrating, instead of complaining. Yes I’m anxious for Flash9 too. But there’s too many turkeys waiting to gobble up the Devs if there’s any mistakes when released. I’d be reluctant to release it. You could hinder this project more than help with your negativity!Adobe has put lots of time and money on this project that we the Linux community are totally unaware of. Releasing Flash9 to the Linux Community is like needing to Declare Marshall Law to keep from being mobbed. lol ;DLinux is not like having one Apple or one Microsoft to develop for. What do we have 1 to 2 HUNDRED Linux Distros? Do yourself a favor and take a deep breath and relax. It will be here before you know it! 😀

  33. Mathew says:

    ( Quote=Kroneage )“Big deal. Yet another non-free binary to bastardize our GNU/Linux machines.spare me……”Last I checked Flash Player was free to download and use (which is what the majority here are talking about). I’m sure it’s elitists such as yourself that make large companies not want to develop for the GNU/Linux platform. Who wants to develop for an un-grateful snob with his head in the dirt?Believe it or not, some people actually enjoy viewing online content (privatized format or not).

  34. Kroneage says:

    Sorry Mathew, but you weren’t quoting me. You were quoting “Adam Kosmin”! I’m not so pompous as to make a statement like that. Especially using my full name! 😉

  35. Les says:

    Thanks much for working on an updated FlashPlayer for Linux, and for letting us know about the progress in your blog!Blessings on you!Les

  36. Mark says:

    I’ve been watching this blog for sometime now. I have been using flash7 on linux for what seems to be an eternity now. Last week I finally made the dive into building myself a 64bit amd machine for linux. While I’m quite happy with the box, the lack of a suitable flash solution has been really annoying!! I have flash7 working using 32bit binaries of firefox, but its still a hack job. I am glad to see this is being actively developed!! I can’t wait until its released!! Thanks for the hard work and blog updates!

  37. Segin says:

    One comment on the screenshot:You could have just ran ksnapshot remotely via ssh or so, Yes, it’s slow as molasses, but it’ll give you a “real” screenshot…Or did you guys think a screenshot was taking a picture of the screen with a camera? 😛

  38. graig smith says:

    i cant wait for this. my parents cant either because the old flash player 7 has problems with syncing sound, and they cant get youtube working at it’s best.and ill be able to view lots of flash sites that i couldn’t before. im glad it’s finally at a testable stage. looking forward to a beta version.

  39. Phoenix49 says:

    Great news! At last flash player 9 will be available..

  40. hellya says:

    i don’t know why i just found this, but hell ya!and to those snobby brats, either shut up or write or your player

  41. Witoki says:

    Great! With Skype, Flash is the only reason that makes me dual-boot on Windows. I am running Ubuntu Edgy on AMD64, and when these two programs run on Linux 64 (or, better, when I succeed to evangelize my Skype contacts to switch to an open source VoIP solution), I won’t need Windows anymore. Good luck!