Adobe Flash Player
This Player is proprietary software distributed by Adobe without charge. It permits the viewing and streaming of multimedia content, and is familiar to users in the form of online videos, games and animations. You can adjust its behavior by clicking Start menu > Settings > Adobe Flash Player.
For all of its popularity, the Adobe Flash Player raises concerns for some Linux users.
- Integrity. Some Linux users object to the presence of any non-free software blobs that can be seen to be in conflict with the GNU Guidelines for Free System Distributions. Others maintain that these blobs provide a desired functionality to many users who don’t really care how free their system is.
- Privacy. The Flash Player stores user data, as many applications do, about user habits, preferences, sites, etc. This causes some users to be concerned about the possibility that a profile of their activities could be created and used for unwanted purposes.
- Security. The Player’s access to the webcam and microphone create the potential for spying. Adobe updates the Player as new vulnerabilities are discovered, so that the careful user will want to always have the latest version installed.
The MX Flash Manager is designed to make it as easy as possible for the user to manage these concerns. It can be scheduled with a single click to automatically update to the latest Flash version. Older processors that require a different version because they do not implement the current instruction set (sse2) will be detected and provided with the latest correct version. Note that you can adjust the Flash settings to your level of security by clicking Start menu > Settings > Adobe Flash Player.
The PepperFlash Player is maintained by Google and is newer than Adobe Flash Player. Adobe currently only provides security fixes for Adobe Flash Player, while Google provides newer features in PepperFlash Player. It comes installed in Google Chrome. In Chromium, it is provided by the pepperflashplugin-nonfree package. It takes precedence in Chrome/Chromium over the Adobe Flash Player if both Flash plugins are installed on your system.
MX-16 ships with the Pepperflash current in mid-December 2016, and a wrapper (browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash) that lets NPAPI browsers such as Firefox, Pale Moon, Seamonkey, etc. also use that Pepperflash. Without the wrapper, only Chromium-based browsers can use Pepperflash. The Debian Pepperflash download script has been broken for some time, so we have a working bunsen-pepperflash package that we ported over and use instead, courtesy of the fine people at Bunsen Labs Linux.
- Wait until the current flash information is displayed, then examine it carefully.
- Select the option you want to take: update/remove or reinstall.
- If updating, decide whether you want to make a one-time or repeating..
Development history: Adrian