Flash discontinued on Linux; Chrome the only option for gamers

More big news out of Adobe’s Flash roadmap, following the earlier announcement of ‘ActionScript Next’.

The Linux version of Flash is being discontinued, excepting security updates, in favor of a ‘Pepper’ version of the plugin.

For Flash Player releases after 11.2, the Flash Player browser plug-in for Linux will only be available via the “Pepper” API as part of the Google Chrome browser distribution and will no longer be available as a direct download from Adobe.

Flash Player will continue to support browsers using non-”Pepper” plug-in APIs on platforms other than Linux.

Pepper is a new Google Chrome API feature that standardizes the environment a plugin runs in, meaning that Chrome plugins for Chrome will run on any OS that supports the browser.

The move seems to benefit Google more than Adobe, as it means Flash gamers on a Linux OS will be forced to switch to Chrome or miss out on new Flash releases.

The full Adobe white paper can be found here, and we’ll have a summary of it up later today.

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