According to a recent blog post from adobe, google and adobe are working on a single modern API for hosting plugins within the browser, the new plugin code-named “PEPPER” “aims to provide a layer between the plugin and browser that abstracts away differences between browser and operating system implementations.”
By the end of this year, Google will start distributing the new Pepper-based Flash player as a part of chrome on all platforms including Linux.
Now comes the bad new for Linux users, always according to adobe:
“For Flash Player releases after 11.2, the Flash Player browser plugin for Linux will only be available via the “Pepper” API as part of the Google Chrome browser distribution and will no longer be available as a direct download from Adobe. Adobe will continue to provide security updates to non-Pepper distributions of Flash Player 11.2 on Linux for five years from its release.
Flash Player will continue to support browsers using non-”Pepper” plugin APIs on platforms other than Linux.”
Until now the only browser that seems will support the new PEPPER plugin API is Google chrome. For Firefox according to Mozilla wiki “Mozilla is not interested in or working on Pepper at this time“, for Opera and other browsers still not known how they will do to integrate the new features.