Bug 22943 - Remove the Flash player plugin from the M7 repository
Summary: Remove the Flash player plugin from the M7 repository
Alias: None
Product: Mageia
Classification: Unclassified
Component: RPM Packages (show other bugs)
Version: Cauldron
Hardware: All Linux
Priority: release_blocker normal
Target Milestone: Mageia 7
Assignee: All Packagers
QA Contact:
Depends on:
Reported: 2018-04-22 18:19 CEST by William Kenney
Modified: 2018-12-02 01:28 CET (History)
4 users (show)

See Also:
Source RPM: flash-player-plugin
Status comment:


Description William Kenney 2018-04-22 18:19:06 CEST
Description of problem:

The Adobe Flash player has become an industry pariah. Adobe defacto no longer supports it and provides, free of charge, a kit that allows website managers to transition from Flash to HTML5. Mozilla, as it releases new versions of Firefox, is making it increasing more difficult to deal with a Flash website.

Even if we stop supporting Flash there will be plenty of ways to install the Flash player on Firefox.

90%++ of legitimate websites no longer need the Flash Player and have transitioned to HTML5.
Comment 1 Marja Van Waes 2018-04-23 05:54:51 CEST
Assigning to the registered maintainer.

CC: (none) => marja11
Assignee: bugsquad => anssi.hannula
Source RPM: flash-player-plugin- => flash-player-plugin

Comment 2 David Walser 2018-04-23 23:23:07 CEST
Any packager can resolve this.  I will probably even obsolete it in Mageia 6 once we move to FF60 if our current package doesn't work with it.

Assignee: anssi.hannula => pkg-bugs
Target Milestone: --- => Mageia 7
CC: (none) => anssi.hannula
Priority: Normal => release_blocker

Comment 3 William Kenney 2018-04-23 23:47:42 CEST
Your the best David. I'm glad we're having this conversation now.
Comment 4 Jeremiah Summers 2018-06-08 19:20:48 CEST
I still use it all my kids educational sites still do and a lot of Companies like AppDynamics and things like VMWare versions 6-6.5 pretty much require it. I think it's way to soon to pull it. Browsers can still be forced to use it (and do) and people for their jobs are annoying forced to find every work around so they can. On a personal note I package it myself so it's not going to go away for me, but if to do my job I have to go to such great lengths to keep it around, I think others will be amiss if it goes away.

CC: (none) => JMiahMan

Comment 5 David Walser 2018-06-08 20:17:57 CEST
VMWare has switched to a web interface (go to /ui/ instead of /vsphere-client/) and there will probably be sites that haven't ditched even after Adobe has EOL'd it.  The fact is, we're doing more harm than good by continuing to supply the package to our users.  If there's a real actual *need* for it you can still get it from Adobe.
Comment 6 William Kenney 2018-06-08 20:36:22 CEST
Somewhere we're probably going to have to document where to download it from, extract it, and where to copy it to.
Comment 7 David Walser 2018-06-08 22:48:56 CEST
Fortunately it's simpler than that.  You download it from the same place the rest of the world does, and it's just an RPM.
Comment 8 Stig-Ørjan Smelror 2018-12-02 00:09:48 CET

I've seen that the latest version was pushed to cauldron when it was released.

What is the consensus? Drop it or keep it until further notice?
Drop if for mga8?

If drop it, I will do it.
If we keep it, fine as well.


CC: (none) => smelror

Comment 9 William Kenney 2018-12-02 01:24:59 CET
I think for now we keep it in M7.
That is the feedback I have seen.
I raised this bug to start the conversation.
Mozilla ( Firefox ) has raised the point that their first release in 2020 will not support a Flash plug-in, all stop. So by maybe M8 this will be decided for us.
Comment 10 William Kenney 2018-12-02 01:28:11 CET
Setting this bug to RESOLVED

Resolution: (none) => FIXED

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