Just thought I'd inform everybody who uses Chrome in Linux about a change in Google's packaging policy. I discovered this when I was re-packaging the new release into the SFS format that Puppy uses.
As you all know, the easiest way to obtain PepperFlash, since it was first released nearly 8 yrs ago, has always been to install Chrome, as it comes with Pepper pre-installed. The new release marks a change of direction for the Linux version of Chrome, through reading ahead on the 'beta' and 'dev' channel blogs. From version 54 on, Chrome will no longer ship with Pepper pre-installed. Instead, you have to perform a download/update from within the browser itself.
If you go into 'chrome://components', you'll see a list as in the image below:-
If you look where my cursor is pointing, at first view this will read Version '0.0.0.0', and 'Status' will read 'New, as Pepper is not at this point installed. Click on 'Check for update', and Chrome will fetch, and install Pepper for you.
Instead of the PepperFlash module (libpepflashplayer.so) residing in its own sub-directory within the /opt/google/chrome directory, it appears that it now lives, and runs from, within the Chrome binary itself. This is a distinct advantage, actually, since Adobe often release new versions of Flash before the next release of Chrome-stable is due.....so now all you need to do is check the Adobe Flash version page:-
...and if the currently available version is newer than your installed version, simply go to the afore-mentioned page within Chrome itself, and update it from there.
I've always hated all the 'faffing about' that Flash entails; for me, the day when the web finally goes all-HTML5 can't come soon enough.....but unfortunately, it's a necessary evil to be endured for the foreseeable future, since too many websites still require it.
I'm posting with this information because there is absolutely no mention of the new change on the Chrome-stable release blog.....so I just wanted to let everybody know about it, so as to save lots of head-scratching!
This shouldn't make any difference to those of you who prefer to run Chromium instead. In the past, the way to do this was to download Chrome, strip out PepperFlash, then discard the rest.....Ubuntu, especially, for long enough had an 'in-house' script that did just this via Synaptic.
These days, with the Linux version of Pepper now being freely available for download, it's an easy enough matter to manually swap the libpepflashplayer.so module yourself...the Linux download is not an installer, like the Windows version is.
Hope y'all find this information useful.
Edited by Mike_Walsh, 16 October 2016 - 06:19 PM.