Adobe Systems releases Linux version of the latest Flash Player, keeping the open-source OS up with the Joneses.
The software is one ingredient needed to make Linux computers competitive with Windows and Mac OS X systems, for which Adobe released version 9 of the Flash Player in November. The new version will be distributed along with the software from the two major commercial Linux powers, Red Hat and Novell, Adobe said Wednesday.
Red Hat said it will include Flash Player 9 in its Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, due to ship February 28. And Novell will include Flash 9 on Service Pack 1 of Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, along with Firefox 2.0, the company said.
Version 7 of the Flash Player was available for Linux, but Adobe, which acquired Flash developer Macromedia, skipped version 8. Flash Player 9 features include faster program execution, support for ActionScript 3 programs, and better text readability.
The Linux version lacks some features, such as a full-screen mode and automatic updates. It works with Firefox, Mozilla and SeaMonkey browsers, all part of the Mozilla project, but people using Opera, Konqueror or Netscape browsers should expect instabilities, Adobe said.
The Flash Player is a free download.