Adobe Flash Player “Square”


The public beta of Adobe Flash Player "Square" is now available for download.  For you Linux users the beta was available for download some time ago but was later removed.  I’m not a fan of Flash based websites but I’m a huge x86-64 fan boy so I couldn’t resist installing.

So far seems to work very well on Windows and Linux (Gentoo) but OSX (Snow Leopard) has crashed consistently.

I won’t be installing on my desktops but I’ll most likely setup on my HTPCs for Hulu and a few other online Flash based streaming sites along with IE9 for hardware accelerated rendering.


Adobe® Flash® Player "Square" is a preview release that enables native 64-bit support on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows operating systems, as well as enhanced support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta.

We have made this preview available so that users can test existing content and new platforms for compatibility and stability. Because this is a preview version of Flash Player, we don’t expect it to be as stable as a final release version of Flash Player. Use caution when installing Flash Player "Square" on production machines.

The key new capabilities in the Flash Player "Square" preview are:

  • 64-bit support — Native support for 64-bit operating systems and 64-bit web browsers on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows.

  • Internet Explorer 9 hardware accelerated rendering support — Enhanced support for Internet Explorer 9 Beta. It takes advantage of hardware accelerated graphics in Internet Explorer 9 Beta, utilizing hardware rendering surfaces to improve graphics performance and enable seamless composition.