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.
Assigning to the registered maintainer.
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.
Your the best David. I'm glad we're having this conversation now.
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.
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.
Somewhere we're probably going to have to document where to download it from, extract it, and where to copy it to.
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.