Here Comes Adobe's Flash Fibs Again...

by chromatic

James Ward, a Flex evangelist, repeats the tired fib that "Flash runs on Linux" in How I Overcame My Fear of Flash.

James, if we're ever in the same area, let me hand you the notebook sitting right here. It runs Linux. I'd love to see you get Adobe's Flash plugin running on it. Did I mention it runs Linux?

No fair backing out when you realize it has a PPC chip inside. Flash should just work, right, because Flash runs on Linux?

I don't really care if any company decides not to port proprietary software to one particular architecture or another. Yet if you deliberately do not support a platform, please be clear about it.

Flash for Linux runs only on x86 and 64-bit x86 CPUs. That's fine. That's Adobe's choice.

Why is that so difficult for Adobe and Flash supporters to say?


Matt Doar
2007-02-22 14:22:07
I agree Good luck with getting FlexUnit and gplayer working with 64 bit CPUs. Yes, I know, "it's coming soon".
John Dowdell
2007-02-22 22:34:18
Hi. Adobe Flash Player 9 is already installed on the majority of computers out there, whether recent Windows, recent Mac OS, or common Linux.

You're right, though, there's not much for any 64-bit architecture yet, regardless of OS. You can run in emulation to achieve common functionality on the new hardware, but there's not native 64-bit code yet for these. More info here:


Roy Schestowitz
2007-02-23 06:21:57
What about Flash development tools for Linux? It's limit[ed|ing].
John Dowdell
2007-02-23 07:58:54
"What about Flash development tools for Linux?"

Free Flex 2 SDK and compiler work fine under Linux. Eclipse isn't solid enough yet to run commercial Flex Builder on Linux. has info on other creation possibilities on Linux. You can choose that configuration and still produce.