Adobe today announced via a blog post that Flash on Linux it will be made available as a part of the Google Chrome browser only. This is after it has been decided that Flash plugin will henceforth use the Pepper plugin API (PPAPI) which Firefox does not support and does not wish to support either. Firefox users shall be stuck with the current version that is 11.2 which will receive security updates for five more years.
Until the current version, the flash plugin hooks onto browsers using the Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface ( NAPI). This is to change and the plugin will use Google’s Pepper Plugin API. So either users have to wait for browsers like Firefox and Opera to implement the PPAPI or use the 11.2 version for ever.
Quoting the blog:
For Flash Player releases after 11.2, the Flash Player browser plugin 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. Adobe will continue to provide security updates to non-Pepper distributions of Flash Player 11.2 on Linux for five years from its release.
Flash has vacated the portable devices scene and now will vacate the non-Chrome scene on the Linux Desktop as well. I wish this is a part of phasing out Flash in favour of HTML5 and related technologies.