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Is Adobe Flash critical to the future of Linux?

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I've loathed Flash for a long time, I barked about it in a column a while back. Frankly, I'm glad to see it gone from Chromium though I do recognize that that will cause problems for some Linux users. But its really not the end of the world, eventually the web will move on from Flash anyway.

And let's remember that not everybody wants Flash on their computers anyway. It can be a huge resource hog that can cause a lot of power management problems on mobile devices and laptops as it tends to drain battery power fairly quickly. Some people simply prefer to avoid Flash as much as possible.

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Agreed. And the linux flash plugin isn't getting any new major version anymore. Only security fixes for an old version.
We need either a free implemtation of flash or wait till flash is obsolete which will probably take a decade.


Putting aside advertisements, the main user of Flash is YouTube, and this too is changing (video tag and VP9/Ogg).

I think Flash will go away quicker than many imagine, just like ShockWave.

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