Chrome 20 brings 64bit Flash with a dash of Pepper to Linux

first_imgJust because Adobe said they would no long support the Flash plug-in on Linux doesn’t mean users of distributions of Ubuntu, Fedora, Mint, and all the other distros are going to be left out in the cold. With the arrival of Chrome 20, Linux users have a whole new way to browse the Flash-friendly web on their systems. Unfortunately, it’s the only official way to get a supported version of Flash from now on.On a good note, however, the Linux version of Chrome now offers built-in Flash support even on 64-bit systems.Adobe announced back in February that the Pepper (PPAPI) version of the oft-maligned plug-in would be a Chrome exclusive. That means even if your favorite Linux browser (like Firefox or Midori) was to implement support for Pepper its developers still wouldn’t be able to offer Flash support — except via an outdated Adobe NPAPI version. If you’re not a fan of lock-in, it’s not the best browsing situation to be in.Why the switch? Adobe’s decision was almost universally attributed to the comparatively small percentage of its users running Linux. But with Flash still such a big part of the overall web experience it’s a critical piece of the Chrome OS puzzle — which means they had to support Linux somehow. With Google’s help and a simpler method of delivering multi-platform support in Pepper, Adobe found a solution.Unfortunately for them, most users’ gratitude will be directed toward Google. They’re the ones delivering Chrome, after all, and that’s what makes Flash work on Linux now.More at Chrome Releaseslast_img read more