Adobe might have finally released the full version of Flash Player 10.1 - which includes hardware acceleration during video playback - but it's come at a cost: the removal of the 64-bit edition for Linux.

The beta version of Adobe's Flash Player, which was built on the previous generation Flash Player 10.0 and released for Linux back in 2008, was designed to allow the use of a native 64-bit browser and plugin architecture on compatible operating systems - and was supposed to be followed-up by Windows and Macintosh releases.

Sadly, Flash Player 10.1 appears to have killed those hopes - at least for now. According to Ars Technica, Adobe has completely dropped the 64-bit Linux release - apparently removing it from their site altogether - claiming that "significant architectural changes" are needed, and that it's quicker to start again than attempt to adapt the releases already carried out.

While the company claims that the plan is still to release a native 64-bit Flash Player "for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux 64-bit platforms in an upcoming major release of Flash Player," it fails to provide any timescales on when we might see such a release - and appears to be leaving those who were relying on the 64-bit plugin on their Linux installs high and dry until it decides to release its newly-rewritten version. Thankfully, the old method of using nspluginwrapper to add the 32-bit Flash Player plugin to your 64-bit browser is still an option.

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