Flash Player 7 Meets Linux

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-05-27 Print this article Print

Macromedia releases an update to its Flash Player for the open-source operating system, adding support for SOAP and a popular Web formatting style.

Flash support on the Linux desktop caught up with its Windows counterpart on Thursday as Macromedia Inc. released an updated Flash Player for the open-source operating system. The San Francisco-based company launched Flash Player 7 for Linux, about nine months after it released its newest Flash version for the Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. With the Linux version of Flash Player 7, Macromedia has added support for Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) Web services and for Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), said Waleed Anbar, Macromedia Flash Player product manager. The new version also features performance and security enhancements.
"Our fundamental driving force was to bring the Flash Player to as many desktops as we can," Anbar said about the Linux update. Flash Player is installed on 98 percent of desktops with Internet access, according to Macromedia.
Macromedia collaborated with Sun Microsystems Inc. in the development of the latest Flash Player for Linux, and the player is bundled with the Sun Java Desktop System 1.0. It also is included in Linux distributions from Red Hat Inc., Novell Inc. and Turbolinux Inc. These include Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0, Turbolinux 10 Desktop, the Ximian Desktop and SuSE Linux 9, a Macromedia spokeswoman said. The Macromedia Flash Player is a multimedia Internet client that combines graphics, video, audio and data. It runs Internet applications created with Macromedias Flex presentation server as well as content created with its Flash authoring tool. Click here to read an eWEEK Labs review of Macromedias Flex authoring environment. Flash Player 7 for Linux is available as a free download. Check out eWEEK.coms Linux & Open Source Center at http://linux.eweek.com for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

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Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for eWEEK.com, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for eWEEK.com. Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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