I'm going to switch to Linux with my new computer. I've read something weird about Firefox not supporting Flash on Linux (Chrome seems to support it, but I wouldn't want to switch if possible). The only sites I remember that I visit that use Flash are Youtube (with which I have no problem because I suppose it'll work fine with HTML5 (it'll work even better, because now with flash player I can't use the HTML5-only half speed configuration) and minigame sites (which I suppose it won't work anymore, but that's no big deal).

However, will this affect other sites I can't remember now? Just to be sure, is there any good alternative? (I've heard about Lightspark and Gnash, but they say that they aren't very good).

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    There is a flashplayer for linux. The *buntu family ships with it. Most distributions come with a flashplayer that can play youtube videos. Jun 25, 2014 at 22:17
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    I know I won't have any problem with Youtube. I'm asking about other sites (will they work fine without flash (even ones that use it)?, is there any alternative if they don't?)
    – Guest
    Jun 25, 2014 at 22:20
  • There is flashplayer for Linux but Adobe has abandoned Flash on Linux some time ago. If you use Firefox go to about:plugins and check what version of flashplayer you have - I have 11.2 r202. Anyway, Flash should die! EDIT: To answer your question - yes, all sites that require Flash run fine on Linux. Jun 25, 2014 at 22:59

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Google has taken over maintenance of the Flash player on Linux and the Google Chrome browser is the only browser that can use this version (even the fully open sourced Chromium browser does not, though I suppose it may be possible to add it as a plugin).

Other browsers can still use the Flash player plugin supplied by Adobe. I've read many times that Adobe has abandoned support for this but I still receive Flash updates from Adobe all the time, though always for version 11.2.

If you don't care about watching videos then you will be fine with the Adobe version of flash and Firefox.

The only trouble I have with the Adobe flash is for viewing authenticated videos (i.e., videos that can only be accessed after logging in to a site). For example, videos on XfinityTV, NBC Sports, and Watch ESPN, require logging in to view the videos and I cannot play them in Firefox. Most of the time if I switch to Google Chrome I have no problem playing them. Some authenticated videos can be played with Adobe flash, like those on the NHL Game Center site.

I know that Lightspark and Gnash won't help playing authenticated videos and I can't say how well they perform on non-video flash sites.

Normal videos, such as what you'll find on YouTube or Hulu, have no problem with either the Google or the Adobe flash plugin (I'm not sure about Hulu+).

  • It is possible to take the Flash plugin from Chrome and use it in Chromium. I don't know the exact details of how, but Gentoo at least packages it in this way, so you can install a package containing the Flash and PDF plugins for Chromium.
    – David Z
    Jun 26, 2014 at 7:53

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