Try to push Adobe to fix their Flash Player.

July 25, 2008

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I know it hasn't much to do with Dell, but Dell has been busy to improve drivers for Linux by working in cooperation with developers like Ati, so let's give this idea a try:

I'm using Ubuntu 8.04 on all of my PCs and my laptop and it's a great operating system, but there's one thing I hate: Adobe's slow development of their Flash-plugin for Linux. Some bugs are in their plugin for years now, but it looks like Adobe doesn't want to fix them.

Some examples:
1) Menu's dissapearing behind Flash-object. For an example go to the website of ASUS:
http://www.asus.com/index.aspx
Move the cursor to "Products" and see the menu dissapear behind the Flash-object.

2) Impossible to scroll when the cursor is on top of a Flash-object. When you move you're mouse to a Flash-object, you can't scroll. You first have to move your mouse away from the Flash-object to be able to scroll.

3) Transparancy won't work. When a Flash-object is using transparancy, you will see a white background, in stead of the underlying objects.

4) Sometimes Flash Player let's FireFox crash to the desktop. For example when watching videos at YouTube. After watching a couple of movies, FireFox crashes.

I've got these troubles on all of my PC's and my laptop, different versions of FireFox and different versions of Ubuntu. I hear a lot of people complaining about these problems, but it doesn't seem like Adobe wants to fix these problems. Maybe Dell can do something. I know it's not Dell's task to fix these problems, but they've worked with other developers to get better support for Linux and look at the big improvement Ati made in the last year (although I don't know how much Dell has to do with it).

DELL/ Status Update

Please see jesse_l's comment


 

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  • Mar 3, 2009     Comment Link

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    @aikiwolfi:
    No, as far as I know this 64-bit plugin is only available for Linux. Adobe said Linux users were the ones asking for a 64-bit plugin, so they're developing this 64-bit plugin for Linux first. Windows users are more sticking to 32-bit, so they'll have to wait.

    Half a year ago we didn't even have a good working 32-bit plugin, now we have a perfect 32-bit plugin and we're also the only ones having a 64-bit plugin. I really like that change. :)
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  • Feb 22, 2009     Comment Link

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    Adobe developed and released 64-bit Flash for Linux well before it did it for Windows. In fact is there a Windows 64-bit Flash player yet?
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  • Jan 30, 2009     Comment Link

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    There is Adobe Flash for Ubuntu on Adobes website.
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  • Nov 18, 2008     Comment Link

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    Another update:
    Adobe has released an alpha version of their 64-bit plugin. Finally they realized it's time to develop a 64-bit plugin and gues what... we're even first! Yes, Linux-users get this 64-bit alpha plugin first. We're first to test the 64-bit version.

    http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html

    I've just installed this new version and for me everything works great. I'm very satisfied.
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  • Oct 16, 2008     Comment Link

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    Flash Player 10 has been released. Everybody install it. This final version of Flash Player 10 is really good. Next goal is to get Adobe to develop 64-bit versions.
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  • Jul 31, 2008     Comment Link

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    Changed status to **UNDER REVIEW**.
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  • Jul 27, 2008     Comment Link

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    Thank you very much for your reply, John. This is really good news. It's really nice to see Dell trying to make GNU/Linux even better.
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  • Jul 27, 2008     Comment Link

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    This idea is in progress. We're already working with Adobe on getting better Flash support for Linux
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  • Jul 26, 2008     Comment Link

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    Flash player 10 b2 addresses most of these. We are still waiting on a native 64 bit plugin, though.
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  • Jul 25, 2008     Comment Link

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    Yup. Indeed the flash player 10 is (correctly) called a beta. Hope you submitted a bug report. nVidia's web site doesn't crash for me.

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