I just stumbled across a news story which mentioned that a pre-release of Flash Player 9 for Linux would likely be available before the end of this year and the full release could be expected by early 2007. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, but I have mixed feelings about this. I’m annoyed with sites that needlessly put content into Flash. I’m even more annoyed with Adobe for skipping Flash 8 for Linux. I’m thoroughly annoyed with sites which require Flash 8 (or presumably, higher) in order to work properly. That said, I’m glad that Adobe is working on Flash 9 for Linux so I can go back to being annoyed at viewing content in Flash rather than going to a site, seeing that it requires Flash, being annoyed, and then being perturbed that I can’t view it with my version.
I read on Penguin.swf’s blog a few days ago that the Linux Flash development effort was going not-so-great. (S)he did have encouraging words to say about audio/video synchronisation, which has some … umm … issues in the current Flash 7 for Linux.