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Corrine

With the numerous critical security vulnerabilities over the years, the end of Flash Player has long been awaited. The time is coming, although not until 2020.

 

See Flash & The Future of Interactive Content | Adobe,

 

The End of an Era – Next Steps for Adobe Flash - Microsoft Edge Dev BlogMicrosoft Edge Dev Blog and

 

Firefox Roadmap for Flash End-of-Life | Future Releases

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V.T. Eric Layton

Boy! What a mess this is going to cause. There are a LOT of sites on the Internet that are still using Flash. I doubt they're all going to convert this older data to HTML5 anytime soon... or ever. We'll lose a lot of content on the Internet because of this. I plan on keeping a Flash Player plugin available for my browsers for a long, long time after the end of life event finally occurs.

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ebrke

I didn't install flash in my latest OpenSUSE install and have been making out okay, but my browsing habits are probably different than yours.

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Corrine

From Update on removing Flash from Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer by Colleen Williams, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Edge:

 

In 2017, we published a roadmap to remove Adobe Flash from Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer by 2020. Since that post, we announced our intent to build Microsoft Edge on the Chromium open source project. In this post, we will provide an update on what to expect for the Flash retirement in Microsoft browsers.

 

Here's what you can expect for each Microsoft browser:

 

In the next version of Microsoft Edge (built on Chromium), we will continue to retire Flash in the same timeframe as other Chromium based browsers. You can learn more of that timeline in this blog post. Flash will initially be disabled, and the user will need to re-enable Flash on a site-by-site basis; Flash will be completely removed from the browser towards the end of 2020. Group policies are available for enterprise admins and IT pros to change the Flash behavior prior to that date.

 

For both the in-market version of Microsoft Edge (built on EdgeHTML) and Internet Explorer 11, the current experience will continue as-is through 2019. We plan to fully remove Flash by December 2020.

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Corrine
From Adobe wants users to uninstall Flash Player by the end of the year | ZDNet:
 
Adobe says that once Flash reached the EOL date, the company doesn't merely plan to stop providing updates, but they also plan to remove all Flash Player download links from their website.

This will prevent users from installing the software and continuing to use an unmaintained version.

Furthermore, Adobe also said that "Flash-based content will be blocked from running in Adobe Flash Player after the EOL Date," suggesting the company has added or plans to add a so-called "time bomb" in the Flash Player code to prevent users from using it starting next year.
 
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V.T. Eric Layton

Interesting. I wonder how much Flash coding is still being used out there on the Internet. Has everything gone to HTML5? My guess would be no. I'm thinking that a lot of the older non-maintained data out there on websites and such is going to go BOOM! when EOL comes along.

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Funny...

When I had Flash, it was set to "Always Ask".

There was an anagram finder site that always asked to run flash, and wasn't responsive until I allowed it.

After I uninstalled the Firefox flash add-on, and disabled it in Edge, the site stopped asking and seems to work fine without it.

I can't help but wonder if the site never needed it, and the Flash request was for something more sinister.

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I removed flash from our four Windows 7 computers last September. Other than Palemoon not including codecs to run some YouTube videos, I haven't noticed a problem. If PM doesn't work for something, I fire up Firefox and the site works.

Also Android doesn't include flash and I haven't noticed problems on sites surfing on my tablets.

Perhaps I don't go to old, non-updated sites.

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V.T. Eric Layton

For a really long time, I couldn't view anything HTML5 because the Firefox version in Slackware is an ESR (Extended Support Release) and it had not caught up yet to HTML5. Finally, about a year ago, the newer Quantum FF ESRs came out and HTML5 + hardware acceleration were then able to deal with HTML5 vids and such.

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Corrine

The final scheduled update of Adobe Flash Player for all regions outside of Mainland China was issued on December 8, 2020.  It will no longer be supported after December 31 2020, as having reached EoL (End of Life).  Beginning January 12, 2021, Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player. 

Although Microsoft has made KB4577586 available in the Microsoft Update Catalog, it will also be released via Windows Update and is expected to be included in the Microsoft January 2021 Security Updates.

 

As indicated in the below-referenced Microsoft "Update for the removal of Flash Player", if you are using a browser that supports NPAPI (Firefox/Pale Moon/MyPal) or PPAPI (Opera and Chromium-based browsers), it is necessary to also use the referenced Flash Player Uninstaller. (Note:  a restart will be needed when running the Adobe Flash Player uninstaller.)

"This update only removes Adobe Flash Player that was installed by your version of Windows. If you installed Adobe Flash Player manually from another source, it will not be removed. For more information about how to remove Adobe Flash Player, see the Uninstall Flash Player | Windows topic on the Adobe website."

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V.T. Eric Layton

Yesterday, I removed all Flash components from my browsers (Firefox, Seamonkey, TOR, Chromium) and email client (Thunderbird). So far, no issues with any websites that I regularly visit.

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