Yes, it would be nice if Flash Player were open source. Yes, it would be nice if there were a release for 64 bit and Power PCs. But it is nice that I have a Flash 9 Final for my laptop. I consider this progress. I’ll keep hoping with everyone for Adobe to open Flash Player. I’ll also keep hoping for releases for non-32-bit-x86 Linuxen.
UPDATE: I just received this press release about the Flash Player 9 Release:
Adobe Delivers Flash Player 9 for Linux
New Release Joins Adobe Flex 2 for Linux-based RIA Creation
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jan. 17, 2007 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of Adobe® Flash® Player 9 for Linux, the next-generation client runtime for engaging with Flash content and applications on Linux open source operating systems. Adobe Flash Player 9 delivers a consistent cross-platform experience and extends unprecedented performance and advanced features to the broadest set of developers and users to date. Additionally, Linux developers can create, test and deploy rich Internet applications (RIAs) on the Linux platform using the free Adobe Flex® 2 Software Developers Kit (SDK), Adobe Flash Player 9 and the free Flex Data Services 2 Express.
Installed on over 700 million Internet-connected PCs and mobile devices worldwide, Adobe Flash Player engages people across a wide array of different channels, enabling collaboration and delivering richer, more interactive experiences that work consistently across multiple platforms.
“With the proliferation of video on the Web, Adobe Flash Player is quickly becoming the de facto industry standard for delivering engaging interactive content and applications,” said Emmy Huang , senior product manager at Adobe. “Now the Linux community has full access to the high volume of Flash content and applications available on the Internet today, bringing Linux developers and users to the forefront of the Web 2.0 experience.”
Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux vastly enhances user experiences with new capabilities such as efficient memory utilization, advanced features for graphics, video and text, as well as the ActionScript Virtual Machine (AVM2), which allows up to 10 times faster scripting performance. Adobe recently contributed source code from the AVM2 to the Mozilla Foundation, which is hosting a new open source project called Tamarin to accelerate the development of a standards-based approach for creating rich and engaging Web applications that work across multiple platforms. The Tamarin source code is available via CVS, an open source version control and collaboration system, from the Mozilla site www.mozilla.org/projects/tamarin/ .
“Adobe Flash Player 9 delivers high-quality performance, a more secure viewing experience and an enhanced programming model that will help further advance SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop as the top Linux desktop for business,” said Justin Steinman, director of marketing for Linux and Open Platform Solutions at Novell. “Novell is committed to providing our users the means to experience the latest in rich content on the Web.”
“Red Hat is committed to providing the world’s best Linux user experience,” said Tim Yeaton, Senior Vice President of Red Hat Enterprise Solutions. “Offering our users Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux helps Red Hat deliver the desktop capabilities Linux users want, and is an indicator of the growing demand for rich Internet applications certified for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.”
Pricing and Availability
Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux is available immediately as a free download from www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer linux. The standalone and debug versions of Adobe Flash Player for developers are available from www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html . Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux will also be included in Linux operating systems distributed by Novell and Red Hat later this year.
Adobe Flash Player 9 is available in both English and localized versions and is available for Linux, Windows and Mac platforms. To learn more about Adobe Flash Player 9, please visit www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/ . For system requirements, please visit www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/productinfo/systemreqs/ .
For more information about developing RIAs for the Linux platform with the free Adobe Flex 2 SDK and Flex Data Services 2 software, please visit www.adobe.com/products/flex/productinfo/overview/ .
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