Adobe Flash Player 10.2 Brings Better HD Playback on Linux

By on February 9th, 2011 15:37 GMT

Adobe Labs announced yesterday, February 8th, the final and stable version of the highly anticipated Flash Player 10.2 plugin, for Linux, Windows and Macintosh systems. The new release brings Stage Video and full hardware accelerated video pipeline for amazing video playback.

As we've said above, Adobe Flash Player 10.2 has a new feature called Stage Video, which brings smoother, more beautiful and more efficient HD video playback for the web.

Adobe Flash Player 10.2 also comes with custom native mouse cursors, improved sub-pixel rendering for excellent text readability, and full-screen support for multiple monitor configurations.

"Stage Video lets websites take advantage of full hardware acceleration of the entire video pipeline. This builds on the H.264 hardware accelerated decoding in Flash Player 10.1. Stage Video hardware acceleration means that Flash Player can play even higher quality video while using dramatically less processing power, giving users a better experience, greater performance, and longer battery life. In our testing across supported systems, we’ve found it’s up to 34 times more efficient."

"Put another way, Flash Player using Stage Video can effortlessly play beautiful 1080p HD video with just 1-15% CPU usage on a common Mac or Windows computer* – working across platforms and browsers, it will enable the best video experience for the most people. Many millions of additional PCs, from netbooks to desktops, can now become slick HD home theaters on the web." - was Adobe in the official announcement.

How to install Adobe Flash Player 10.2 on your Linux system?

· Download the 32-bit Adobe Flash Player 10.2 for Linux from Softpedia (see below for download link), and save it on your desktop;
· Close your browser;
· Extract the archive and you'll get a libflashplayer.so file;
· Open your Home folder and go to "View -> Show Hidden Files," or hit the CTRL+H key combination to view the hidden files and folders;
· Look for the ".mozilla" folder, open it and create a folder called "plugins" (without quotes) - skip to the next step if the folder exists;
· Drag and drop the libflashplayer.so file from the desktop to the "plugins" folder you've just created in the ".mozilla" directory;
· Open your browser and verify the installation on YouTube or any other website with flash content.
· Have fun!

Download Adobe Flash Player 10.2 for 32-bit systems right now from Softpedia.

Later edit: Adobe Flash Player 10.2 is already available in the Ubuntu 10.10 repositories. Just update your system to install the latest version!

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