Flash Player will continue to support browsers using non-Pepper plugin APIs on platforms other than Linux.
ARgh... I use Firefox, b/c its the only browser where xmarks bookmark sync permits using one's own private server (so I can sync my bookmarks without letting any marketers get their grubby hands on them)
by IGnatius T Foobar (4328) on Wednesday February 22, @10:00AM (#39124679) Homepage Journal
As discussed in the just released Adobe roadmap for the Flash runtimes, Adobe has been working closely with Google to develop a single modern API for hosting plugins within the browser (one which could replace the current Netscape plugin API being used by the Flash Player). The PPAPI, code-named “Pepper” aims to provide a layer between the plugin and browser that abstracts away differences between browser and operating system implementations.
In a typical Slashdot display of sensationalism, the headline reads "Adobe makes flash on Linux Chrome-Only" but they've announced nothing of the sort. Adobe is switching Flash from the increasingly outdated and cumbersone Netscape plugin API to the new PPAPI (Pepper). There is nothing stopping Mozilla from implementing this API. And that's probably what's going to happen. I'd be surprised if there isn't already a team working on it.
...and within 2-3 years Flash will be largely replaced with HTML5/CSS/JS anyways.
For Flash Player releases after 11.2, the Flash Player browser plugin for Linux will only be available via the “Pepper” API as part of the Google Chrome browser distribution and will no longer be available as a direct download from Adobe.
Regardless whether Mozilla implements the “Pepper” API or not, new versions of the flash plugin won't be available for public download anymore so Chromium is out of the question as it's distributed only in source code form and while Mozilla distributes binaries too, I very much doubt they would incorporate a closed source blob into it, as this would go against their FOSS philosophy. (and even if Mozilla were to do that then we would all depend on the binaries provided by Mozilla rather than being able to get customized packages from our distro of choice).
The only option is sticking with 11.2, hoping that web sites won't start becoming incompatible with it when they start implementing new features from new releases.
I suspect flash will fall from grace just as fast as it rose; we can thank Apple for this. While flash has gotten better over time, always felt it was a resource hog! I'll be glad to see it go away! As for this Pepper API, I'm sure Linux guru's will figure out a way to access it.