As of the next update, Linux users will have to use Chrome (or other as yet non-existent PPAPI compatible browsers) if they want to use the latest version of Flash. There is also speculation that Adobe is building an outdoor toilette for Linux users, and is planning the construction of “separate but equal” housing projects for them in the coming months.

The Future of Flash

This is a big deal, and it points to a fundamental shift in the computing world (one that many casual users don’t yet recognize): the web browser has become, in effect, its own form of operating system and it will be browsers, not operating systems, that define the vast majority of the user’s computing experience. Mac, Windows, Linux, or Bob’s Pretty Good OS all need cross-compatible web browsers, and as more and more traditional desktop apps get cloudified, the average user will be as interested in the device Operating System as he or she is in Bios or Darwin today.

Adobe has maintained that HTML5 will exist in concert with Flash, not as a replacement to it, and considering that their market research department is, well, bigger than ours, we’ll take their word for it. Frankly, the future of Flash isn’t all that interesting to us. The future of the browser, on the other hand, is.



Adam O'Hern is an industrial designer, designing products ranging from laptops to power tools, classroom toys to bathroom fixtures, and pro audio gear to guitar tuners. In 2008 he founded, and in 2010 co-founded EvD Media with Josh Mings of, and the two collaborate on the podcast.