I received a response from Stefan Offerman of Adobe to my article published Tuesday titled One Year Later: Adobe Abandons 64-bit Linux Again. I'm pleased to report that the lack of a native 64-bit Flash Player does appear to be temporary. The note from Mr. Offerman reads, in part:
I can confirm that Adobe will make 64-bit support in Flash Player "Square" available in a shipping release of Flash Player later this year.Assuming Adobe successfully delivers on this promise it is good news for the Linux community, for all users of 64-bit operating systems and, of course, for Adobe as well.
In the previous article I wrote about the problematic nature of running a beta from last November with known security vulnerabilities and no updates. Mr. Offerman went further:
Also, since releases on Adobe Labs are pre-releases we don't recommend users installing it on production machines or as their regular browser runtime.Under the current circumstances that is excellent advice.
I would like to thank Mr. Offerman for taking the time to reach out to to the user community by responding to the article. I look forward to future news and announcements from Adobe regarding their support for Linux.
Having said that, for right now the best option for those who do not want to run 32-bit code on their 64-bit machines remains the FOSS alternatives, gnash and lightspark. I intend to give both a thorough test drive and report back with my results.