Beta News – Flash Player NPAPI for Linux
Linux users have access to both NPAPI and PPAPI versions of Flash Player. However, for the last four years, the NPAPI version has been held at 11.2 and regularly updated with only security fixes while the PPAPI version (used in Chrome and Chromium based browsers), is in line with the standard Windows and Mac releases.
Today we are updating the beta channel with Linux NPAPI Flash Player by moving it forward and in sync with the modern release branch (currently version 23). We have done this significant change to improve security and provide additional mitigation to the Linux community.
In the past, we communicated that NPAPI Linux releases would stop in 2017. This is no longer the case and once we have performed sufficient testing and received community feedback, we will release both NPAPI and PPAPI Linux builds with their major version numbers in sync and on a regular basis.
Because this change is primarily a security initiative, some features (like GPU 3D acceleration and premium video DRM) will not be fully implemented.
So far only 32-bit and 64-bit binaries of the 23 release are available for download at the link below:
For Linux, the binary is just a file called: libflashplayer.so. To use it, do:
1. Install Flash Player 11.2 from Canonical Partners repository:
- Launch Software & Updates, and enable Canonical Partners repository in Other Software tab. Then close it.
- Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to install Adobe-flashplugin: sudo apt update; sudo apt install adobe-flashplugin
2. Move the libflashplayer.so file you just downloaded to /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/ folder by running the command:sudo mv ~/Downloads/libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/
And change the ownership via:sudo chown root:root /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/libflashplayer.so
Finally restart Firefox browser and check your flash version: