After abandoning Flash Player for Linux in 2012, Adobe has recently released version 24 of the plug-in. This brings the Linux player on the same field as those found in Windows and Mac.
For the last few years, the only indication that Adobe has not completely abandoned Linux is the small patches and security fixes that the player receives every now and then.Version-wise it was stuck at 11.2. But in August of this year, Adobe showed signs that they are working to release a new Flash Player for Linux, which they delivered in October through a Beta version (v23).
This time, the update was no longer limited to just patches and fixes, but an upgrade on its NPAPI architecture. This came as a major surprise since nothing major has been going on with the Flash Player for Linux since 2012.
Although Flash Player 24 for Linux has all the security features found in Windows and Mac versions, it is lacking in certain features. It doesn’t support video DRMs and accelerated GPU 3D acceleration.
But if a Linux user installs Chrome for Linux, they will be able to use the said features, because of the Pepper Flash plugin that has been kept up to date on all platforms. Pepper Flash is on the same level as the original software package of the Flash Player.
How to install Adobe Flash player plugin for Linux in Mozilla Firefox
- Close any opened web browser, and uninstall any existing Flash plugin from the system.
- Download and extract contents of a binary of archive hidden under your home directory. You should see a ~/.mozilla/plugins folder. Otherwise, create the folder.
- Install the player using the provided RPM file, or from the official software channel of your Linux OS.
And although Chrome version 53 won’t support Adobe Flash Player content, you can still use the built-in support for Adobe Flash Player on the browser.