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Adobe reiterates OSP commitment

Oct 15, 2008 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Adobe today released version 10 of its Flash Player, coordinating the launch across desktop Linux, Windows, and Macintosh operating systems. And, it reiterated its commitment to work with the Open Screen Project, an effort that could eventually make Flash as ubiquitous on Linux devices as PCs.

As recently as last year, Linux users waited six months for Flash 9 to arrive on Linux, following its release on other platforms. Today, though, Adobe made Linux an equal Flash Player citizen.

Adobe also reiterated its commitment to the Open Screen Project, which it had initially announced this May. At the time, it promised to work with the group to remove restrictions on Flash file formats, open Flash server protocols, and give away the player along with the APIs needed to port it to new devices, with the aim of making Flash as ubiquitous on devices as it is on desktops.

Today, Adobe promised that innovations in Flash Player 10 would find their way into “future Open Screen Project efforts.” It described the Open Screen Project as “an industry-wide initiative to deliver rich multi-screen experiences built on a consistent runtime environment for open Web browsing and standalone applications across personal computers, mobile devices, and consumer electronics.”

In general, the Flash Player 10 appears to add features needed to support content produced by Adobe's Creative Suite 4 (CS4), which also launched today. The Flash Player 10's new features are also expected to make their way into Adobe's AIR toolsuite, aimed at building Flash applications that link in a runtime, in order to operate independently of a web browser.

For more details about the launch of the Flash 10 player, see coverage on our sister site, DesktopLinux, here. Or, visit Adobe for the download, available in most all the usual Linux package file formats.

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