Flash Player 10.1 Beta

The beta of Flash Player 10.1 is available for download via labs.adobe.com. For this beta release, there is only a 32-bit plugin available for Linux (64-bit users will still need to use the previously released alpha version).

Bugs can be reported and tracked here.

53 Responses to Flash Player 10.1 Beta

  1. pepe says:

    That’s disappointing news. After having read previous news articles about layoffs at adobe, this news is not surprising. Linux 64, and probably 32, are going to the back of the line. In any case, I’m not going to try the 32 version with nspluginwrapper. Lets see what happens.

  2. martin says:

    hey mike, guess what! any chances for a 64bit beta build?? :)))

  3. 3po says:

    64-bit please… (again)

  4. yo says:

    that’s awesome, but is there a debug player version available for download as well?

  5. Michael says:

    Awesome for a new release but I want 64-BIT NOW!!!1!!!!!

  6. Jochem says:

    It’s amazing that more than 6 years after the x86_64 architecture, Adobe still fails to deal with it.Hardware accelerated h264 playing on Linux is exactly what i was waiting for. 64 Bit of course. (Running 64 bit Linux on ASRock ION 330).Disappointed again πŸ™

  7. Jochem says:

    Ah, even more disappointed, from the release notes: “In Flash Player 10.1, H.264 hardware acceleration is not supported under Linux and Mac OS. Linuxcurrently lacks a developed standard API that supports H.264 hardware video decoding, and Mac OS Xdoes not expose access to the required APIs. We will continue to evaluate adding the feature to Linux andMac OS in future releases.”Bleh.

  8. Anon says:

    The release notes say:”In Flash Player 10.1, H.264 hardware acceleration is not supported under Linux and Mac OS. Linuxcurrently lacks a developed standard API that supports H.264 hardware video decoding, and Mac OS Xdoes not expose access to the required APIs. We will continue to evaluate adding the feature to Linux andMac OS in future releases.”Well what about VDPAU. It’s pretty standardized. And why not just expose an api to enable people to implement their own acceleration backends and be done with it?

  9. austin says:

    Any idea when 64bit will be out? Can’t wait to try this out, Thanks!

  10. whatever says:

    Please test this release with Ubuntu Karmic, there are some serious problems which were also present in 10.0 and should be fixed in 10.1:- Fullscreen mode is exited after few milliseconds, when “unredirect fullscreen windows” in compiz is active. The unredirect thing should help smooth videos as it circumvents compiz, but flash does not allow it to be used.- Leftclicks are not received most of the time. You habe to keep the right mousebutton pressed while leftclicking in order to use flash. extremely annoying.

  11. TheDave says:

    Is it really just too much work for a company like Adobe to make a 64bit version?

  12. John says:

    Will there be a 64-bit linux version for flash 10.1 final?

  13. Vasily says:

    The bug with Unicode keyboard input is fixed at last!THANKS!

  14. shakaran says:

    Great! I hope many improvements of performance for firefox!

  15. polpo says:

    From the release notes: In Flash Player 10.1, H.264 hardware acceleration is not supported under Linux and Mac OS. Linuxcurrently lacks a developed standard API that supports H.264 hardware video decoding…I’m not so sure about this. VA API has backends for Intel, Chrome, Nvidia’s VDPAU, and ATI’s XvBA acceleration APIs. I’d consider that a standard API if I’ve ever seen one. If it’s not considered standard enough, standards in the Linux world are determined by usage, and if Flash used it, that’d pretty much make it the standard video acceleration API.

  16. one says:

    When may expect 64-bit version?

  17. belegdol says:

    Are there any plans to release the 64-bit version later on? FP-1055 is marked as fixed since 2nd June, but 10.0.32.18 still has the bug (and it says permission violation when I’m trying to access it)

  18. martin says:

    any change of a 64-bit standalone debugger when the time comes for building a 64-bit version?Thats the last piece holding me back from moving to a 64-bit arch install.I got the v9 player working with the ia32 stuff but not the v10.thanks. πŸ™‚

  19. Reid says:

    Thanks!Any chance of a debug player for 64-bit?

  20. Jack says:

    Why is there no video acceleration on Linux? NVIDIA has provided a very robust and polished API for accelerating H.264 video through their Linux driver called VDPAU – many projects mplayer, ffmpeg, mythtv etc all use this. In the release notes, you state that there is no API for Linux – this is completely untrue!Is it planned to implement this in the Linux version of flash before the 10.1 final release? If not, it seems Adobe is releasing 10.1 on all platforms in name only, while major features are not on par. This news is incredibly disspointing to me. My mythbox is very very sad to hear that Flash playback will remain choppy.

  21. Jon says:

    Thanks.I figured the first comment should be a positive before the sh*tstorm starts, eh, Mike?

  22. Dan Dennedy says:

    Let me do you a favor and answer what will be one of the most popular questions. Straight quote from the release notes:In Flash Player 10.1, H.264 hardware acceleration is not supported under Linux and Mac OS. Linux currently lacks a developed standard API that supports H.264 hardware video decoding, and Mac OS X does not expose access to the required APIs. We will continue to evaluate adding the feature to Linux and Mac OS in future releases.–For Linux, please have a look into VAAPI.

  23. Petar says:

    Yeah, very nice. But where is video acceleration?

  24. Mike, can you tell us whether or not a future 10.1 release will have H.264 acceleration for Linux? And if so, what hardware will be supported?

  25. Mike Russell says:

    No VDPAU, usual excuse?Linux “lacks a developed standard API that supports H.264 hardware video decoding.”Does this even hold up since it isn’t an open source designed ap and NVIDIA officialy supports VDPAU and just about every media player uses it?Seems adobe are either never happy or just making excuses.

  26. Steve says:

    Nice how you guys dropped VDPAU, considering you can’t even manage to get a 64bit plugin out not a huge surprise.We can only hope HTML5 kills flash.

  27. Anonymous says:

    “In Flash Player 10.1, H.264 hardware acceleration is not supported under Linux. Linux currently lacks a developed standard API that supports H.264 hardware video decoding.”Hello Adobe are you living in a cave? Have you ever heard about VDPAU and VA? These APIs are mature, finished and working.

  28. Don Drake says:

    This doesn’t look worth downloading. From the release notes:In Flash Player 10.1, H.264 hardware acceleration is not supported under Linux and Mac OS. Linux currently lacks a developed standard API that supports H.264 hardware video decoding, and Mac OS X does not expose access to the required APIs. We will continue to evaluate adding the feature to Linux and Mac OS in future releases.

  29. Guillaume says:

    I had hoped… But still no good performance with fullscreen videos… Sight…Going back to listening videos on Mac OS X then…

  30. Steve says:

    Little confused about statement in the release notes that says:In Flash Player 10.1, H.264 hardware acceleration is not supported under Linux and Mac OS. Linux currently lacks a developed standard API that supports H.264 hardware video decoding…I’ll admit that there is no single API (although with some extra time & effort, there could be a single API that everyone uses), but the choices are quite clear: VDPAU for Nvidia and VA-API+backend piece for AMD & Intel.The good news here is that AMD’s XvBA backend is finally available to the public, and since the card list it supports on Linux appears to match the cards that support Flash acceleration on Windows, it would work out nicely.Apparently it would be possible to do a VDPAU backend for VA-API, and thus get everyone on the same page, but no one has bothered to do it yet because VDPAU works just fine (and came out before VAAPI was publicly available).Thank you for your hard work and a simultaneous release with the other platforms.

  31. Alex says:

    64bit NOW!!!!!111

  32. Laurens Leemans says:

    Is GPU acceleration now used with AIR 2.0 or is that still completely software based?The beta runs great on an Intel card under Ubuntu 9.10 btw.

  33. Vadim P. says:

    Hurry with the 64bit please. It’s delaying Adobe AIR 2.0 for 64bit!

  34. arekm says:

    VAAPI is the way to go even if that there is no H.264 support on intel gpus for example. Still it’s the way to go – http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/vaapiThere is VDAPU backend for VAAPI, too – http://www.splitted-desktop.com/~gbeauchesne/vdpau-video/ps. Not releasing 64bit plugin indeed sucks.

  35. Andrej says:

    Again no 64-bit version πŸ™ When will Adobe start devloping primarily on 64-bit platforms and only then care about compatibility with old stuff. Back to the future Adobe! Or maybe we should just all get even further into the future and get rid of Flash for video. HTML5 with video tag and free/open video formats like Ogg Theora looks awesome and is probably the best way to go in the future for the trully open web, like it was designed and like it should be.

  36. Kevin Newman says:

    I don’t understand the hostility from the Flash devs on this blog. The folks at Adobe could choose to work with the open source crowd, instead of against them – this approach has worked for Flex SDK.Also, please don’t consider the Linux Kernel to be the same as a full platform in the Linux space. Ubuntu, Red Hat, WebOS, Adnroid these are platforms, and some may have the necessary APIs to support what you need. You readily rely on platform APIs on Windows and Mac OSX, and not just kernel APIs, even going so far as to support different platform APIs for different versions of Windows (DX10 on Vista, etc.).Linux is just a kernel. If there is really some other reason you won’t support available APIs on shipping platforms (like Ubuntu) please explain those reasons (some of those might even be valid – such as a lack of sufficient resources, though that would be at odds with some of Adobe’s stated goals), instead of making invalid excuses like there is no standard API. The way standards develop and emerge in the Linux space means that simply isn’t true.P.S. I’m a fan of Adobe, and a supporter of/developer on the Flash Platform, and I’m trying to help (if posting comments on this blog could help πŸ˜‰ ) – please respect that.

  37. Ben says:

    Sadly I’ve pretty much given up on Flash for Linux.I actually get better performance viewing Flash content by running a separate instance of Firefox inside a Windows xp virtual machine.Thanks vmware!

  38. Jan says:

    Linux support is a mess. Uusing so much CPU when playing a video that my CPU overheats and shuts off. I’ve pretty much given up on the whole issue. I’m now using the UnPlug-plugin for Firefox and play videos in VLC which works perfectly and only requires a fraction of the CPU power Flash needs. There are also GreaseMonkey scripts (VLCTube) to avoid Flash altogether until they manage to release a usable version.

  39. Ralph says:

    As usual:Flash Player for Windows, full version.Flash Player for Linux, poor version.

  40. somewhat happy says:

    well, i tried this beta on a 64bit system with nspluginwrapper on a compositing kde desktop (opensuse 11.2) with the fglrx 9.11 driver from ati and – it actually worksand quite a bit faster i have to say (or is this imagination?) – fullscreen videos are watchable nowonly problem is video flickering when flash player is not in full screen, but could be a kwin/fglrx issue..i’m looking forward for a real 64bit version πŸ˜‰

  41. Samuele C. says:

    First of all I appreciate the developer that is working behind flash linux plugin.But, after that..I’m using flash 10 with clean installation of Kubuntu 9.10 x86_64 on my new sony vaio fw4 with 2,8Ghz CPU, 4GB ram, ATI 4650, 1600×900, Fireox 3.5.5 … when I watch full HD video in full screen, for example, on vimeo.com my computer is extremely overloaded!! this never happened when I watching videos with standalone player such as VLC, mplayer, etc…..and also without watching any video, very frequently flash has a crash, so during my navigation I can only see several grey box in place of flash box.. what the fu..?..another things that I want to remark is that after 6-7 years from firsts 64bit CPUs Adobe still not provide any support for 64bit architectures? .. HTML5 + Ajax will solve flash problems very quickly and no one will want to still produce flash websites, flash videos contents and several other stuff, this is Adobe fault. And also there are new big competitors such as silverlight.. wake up!!!!!

  42. Hm, nah. This is still way too slow; it isn’t usable. I don’t have the newest hardware there is, but _none_ of the other Linux video players have problems with full-screen HQ video (both 720p and 1080p).So, http://xkcd.com/619/ pretty much. :}

  43. ung says:

    I’m pretty sure that by now you are totally immune to “64 BIT NOW!!!1!1!” comments xD

  44. Nille says:

    On http://www.weidmuller.se/ if i hover mouse over PRODUKTER (or any other option) then the menu is behind the picture. [ Not a Player bug. Viewing the source reveals that the SWF is not windowless. If you speak Swedish, you may want to email the site owners and encourage them to change the wmode setting. -Mike M. ]

  45. Mark Dammer says:

    Adobe seems to be more interested in bells and whistles than fixing existing bugs. Otherwise I cannot understand why there are no improvements in the well known camera issues under Linux (bug FP-775). [ Should be fixed in this beta. Have you tried? -Mike M. ]

  46. Greg Jensen says:

    Linux has a Standard Video Acceleration API called “VA-API”. (See – http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/vaapi )It works across all vendors (ATI, Nvidia, Intel and Via). Please consider using va-api in the next version of flash for linux!

  47. Jose Luis says:

    I see that there’s a new release libflashplayer-10.0.42.34. Unfortunately HD video on Justin.TV doesn’t work just like on the previous version. Version 10.0.22.87 does work. That’s quite a while with the same bug.I think we need HTML5 to take off. Hopefully when google completes the On2 merger, Open source V8, and moves youtube video to use it will finally put an end to this fiasco. Adobe can try living off photoshop. [ Google’s V8 JavaScript engine is already open sourced. -Mike M. ]

  48. nhjm449 says:

    wrt Jose Luis’ comment:I think he means On2’s VP8 codec.Also,16-BIT NOW!!!1!!

  49. Lao Mao says:

    Adobe, where the obstructionists work.

  50. Ingenieur says:

    Adobe’s stock seems due to plummet. I say this considering:1. HTML52. Adobe’s high CPU usage (largely caused by lack of support for VA-API [Linux] and DXVA [Windows] and Mac OS-X’s equivalent), and3. lack of 64-bit support, which will come for Linux first (even if Windows gets the DXVA support soon, Windows users need to wait for 64-bit even longer than Linux users, who already express impatience)…I already sold my 1,800 shares of Adobe stock, long ago… Sorry, but when developing HTML5, W3C had foresight to step up, in an area where Adobe had failed to advance for _YEARS_, so now it’s probably just a matter of time for the final nail to be put in Adobe Flash’s coffin. W3C & others noticed the discontent mounting against Flash. When you don’t perform, you lose the momentum of providing the majority of the video on websites, so those content-providers soon won’t quite need Adobe Flash anymore (it will only take time for more people to get browsers that support HTML5, then for webmasters to realize they get just as much traffic & can switch over to HTML5’s ‘video’ tag instead of Flash. Also, unlike Flash, at least the ‘video’ tag isn’t “one more piece of software that can get corrupted every time a PC crashes” tho Windoze is where I see the _whole_ OS freeze-up & need a re-boot, MUCH more often than Linux or Mac), and once you lose enough market-share it’s hard to ever regain it. I’m glad if Adobe is no longer allowed to hold back ‘convergence’ of HI-DEF multimedia with PC’s (and ‘web 2.0’).

  51. Samuele C. says:

    As I wrote up here november 29 2009, 7:32 am :”HTML5 + Ajax will solve flash problems very quickly and no one will want to still produce flash websites, flash videos contents and several other stuff, this is Adobe fault.”now become real:youtube html5 support:http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2010/01/introducing-youtube-html5-supported.htmlvimeo html5 support:http://www.vimeo.com/blog:268so flash support for 64bit and linux and other os is near to be irrilevant.. and this is an adobe fault….sayonara!

  52. angler says:

    So, is there a projected date for the final release?

  53. bottleman says:

    No clever/snide comment to make here, just another +1 request for Linux 64 bit. Thanks!