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64-Bit Linux Adobe Flash Player: Surprisingly good

Talk about a change in priorities! When Adobe decided it was time to start work on a 64-bit Flash Player, they didn’t release the first test version on Windows or Mac OS X. No, they released it on Linux and Solaris. Wow.

What’s just as surprising is that this new alpha release of Adobe Flash Player 10 64-bit for Linux is both fast and stable. You just don’t expect that from alpha software. Usually, alpha programs run just long enough for you to say “Yeah, I see what they’re getting at,” which is then followed by, on Windows, a system crash or on Linux or Mac OS X, an application crash.

For me, this alpha program is actually running better than the released Adobe Flash Player 10 on Linux. I’m quite serious.

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