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Adobe (Temporarily?) Kills 64-Bit Flash For Linux 272

An anonymous reader writes "It seems that with the release of the 10.1 security patches, Adobe has, at least temporarily, killed 64-bit Flash for Linux. The statement says: 'The Flash Player 10.1 64-bit Linux beta is closed. We remain committed to delivering 64-bit support in a future release of Flash Player. No further information is available at this time. Please feel free to continue your discussions on the Flash Player 10.1 desktop forums.' The 64-bit forum has been set to read-only."
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Adobe (Temporarily?) Kills 64-Bit Flash For Linux

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  • Re:Committed (Score:5, Interesting)

    by VGPowerlord ( 621254 ) on Friday June 11, 2010 @11:18AM (#32535926)

    We know that Silverlight is suppoting 64-bit. We know that Microsoft has been pushing 64-bit since 2003. We know all new Windows 7 PCs are coming 64-bit. And we will continue to keep our heads in the sand.

    You are aware that the default browser in 64-bit Windows is 32-bit Internet Explorer?

  • I'm confused (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 11, 2010 @11:18AM (#32535950)
    We love flash in Apple/Android stories but hate it in Adobe stories... what about other stories?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 11, 2010 @11:29AM (#32536122)

    Can be found here: (with md5 of the file, up to date with Ubuntu 10.04 and other distributions).

    This guy made it possible for me to convert all my linux installs to 64-bit.

  • Re:Committed (Score:3, Interesting)

    by squizzar ( 1031726 ) on Friday June 11, 2010 @11:31AM (#32536142)
    Not to mention VS2010 - which is depressingly slow on my x64 Windows 7 machine. I thought there was already some way of running 32 bit Firefox with 32 bit flash on 64 bit linux? That's basically Microsoft's 'Solution'
  • Re:Poor Adobe... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by pandrijeczko ( 588093 ) on Friday June 11, 2010 @11:35AM (#32536196)

    We're currently at a transition point in mobile communications.

    Go back a couple of years and most people were accessing the Internet on desktop and portable computers running Windows, Linux and OS X. Now it's all about portable devices and already Apple's portable devices cannot and will not support Flash.

    I don't see Microsoft being displaced from home and office desktops any time soon but they are certainly not making any great progress in getting an embedded or slimmed-down Windows onto portable devices - it's more likely the case that the only option they have is to wait for a time when portable devices have enough capacity and power to efficiently run a slightly slimmed-down version of Windows, by which time they will already be competing with Android and the other web OSes that are out there.

    I'm mostly Linux user and although I've not seen too many issues with 64-bit Flash so far, Adobe's support of it sucks which ultimately means something else, more than likely HTML 5, will gain more ground on them and start pushing them out.

    It really won't surprise me to see, in about 18 months time, Adobe releasing at least some of the source to Flash as they desperately try to hold onto their market share and to try and encourage the Open Source community to continue using Flash.

  • by Cougar Town ( 1669754 ) on Friday June 11, 2010 @12:35PM (#32537088)

    I use Chrome (5.0.375.70 on 64-bit Ubuntu 9.10) and I find it leaks memory like crazy. I do use it for my daily browsing because like you said it's quite fast... but if I leave it running over night, I come back to work the next morning to find it's consumed all free memory on my system and even enough more to push other apps out to swap. The whole system is horribly slow and killing Chrome instantly frees up half of my RAM and puts things back to normal. If I leave it over a weekend, I might as well just hard reset the machine instead of spending 15 minutes waiting for swap so I can kill Chrome and let things come back into RAM. This is on an i7 980X w/6 GB, so it's not exactly a low-end system.

    It seems to be sites like Facebook with regular dynamic updates that do it. I've started just closing Chrome when I leave for the day.

  • by 200_success ( 623160 ) on Friday June 11, 2010 @02:13PM (#32538916)

    There is a new clause in the Flash 10.1 EULA [] that was not present in 10.0 []:

    7.6 Content Protection Technology. If you Use the Adobe Runtimes to access content that has been protected with Adobe Flash Media Rights Management Server or Flash Access software (“Content Protection”), in order to let you play the protected content, the Software may automatically request media usage rights and individualization rights from a rights server on the Internet, and may download and install required components of the Software, including any available Content Protection Updates. You can find more information on Content Protection at [].

    You have to download a 3.3 MB PDF with 280 pages to find this kind of stuff. There's no telling how far these updates will go (remember TurboTax DRM []?).

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