Chromium says goodbye to NPAPI and Flash

Max Heinritz announced in the mailing lists of Chromium developers that the browser will no longer support plug-ins that use NPAPI as soon as version 34 is released, which will happen in April. The idea was to stop supporting them until the end of 2014 but they have decided to move forward because they will not implement NPAPI support in Linux Aura.

Because of this, many NPAPI plug-ins will stop working, including Adobe Flash, As well as other multimedia plug-ins used in Linux, such as the Totem plug-in.

Withdrawal of Flash support will be a blow to users of the free version of Chrome as, unfortunately, there are still many things on the web that depend on the Adobe plug-in. This without detracting from other NPAPI-dependent plug-ins.

This does not mean, however, that Chromium users will run out of Flash forever as they will always be able to use the version of the Adobe plug-in that makes use of PPAPI. This version of Flash is included in the Chrome package for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X, but does not have a standalone installer.

Thus, Chromium users have two options:

  • Switch to Chrome
  • Install and use the Flash version that uses PPAPI (Pepper Flash)

The latter option can be achieved in different ways, either by manually extracting Flash from a Google Chrome package or using an extra repository.

More information – More about Chromium on Ubunlog, Mozilla is strongly committed to Shumway in Firefox
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