Adobe has announced that they will be continuing to support the NPAPI architecture for the Linux version of Flash in 2017 as well. This was not a decision embraced by everyone, as some Linux users voiced their complaints across the online medium.
Back on the 28th of October, Adobe had released both versions (32 and 64-bit) for the second update to the NPAPI version of Flash. This goes against the current flow of the market as browser developers have been adamant regarding how unfit NPAPI really is, due to its hard to manage nature.
The main concerns of those opposing NPAPI come from a security perspective. The strange thing is that Adobe has also listed security as the main reason for their decision of extending support. It seems like the Flash Player developer and the rest of the flash using community don’t really see eye to eye at the moment. There is also the possibility of Adobe going for a double Flash version rollout, which would mean that they would also keep the NPAPI alternative and eventually pick up where they left off with the 11.2 update.
Some Linux users have questioned the necessity of Adobe Flash Player on their platform altogether, stating that it’s been a long time since they had Flash installed on their devices, and that they are managing quite fine even without Flash. Even the security side of things is being bombarded by Linux users, comparing it to Swiss cheese.