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Mozilla will block Flash in Firefox starting next month

     
12:42 am on Jul 21, 2016 (gmt 0)

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This marks is the beginning of the end of Flash in Firefox

https://blog.mozilla.org/futurereleases/2016/07/20/reducing-adobe-flash-usage-in-firefox/ [blog.mozilla.org]

Reducing Adobe Flash Usage in Firefox

Starting in August, Firefox will block certain Flash content that is not essential to the user experience, while continuing to support legacy Flash content.
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Firefox will continue this trend by blocking specific Flash content invisible to users.
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In 2017, Firefox will require click-to-activate approval from users before a website activates the Flash plugin for any content.
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Firefox has not let me enable Flash for a long time, however this may be specific to the extension itself.
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There's been no reason for anyone developing new Flash content for some time. Some sites that have Flash content, as it indicates, will still be "legacy content" although, i'm not sure exactly how it would identify that.
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There's been no reason for anyone developing new Flash content for some time. Some sites that have Flash content, as it indicates, will still be "legacy content" although, i'm not sure exactly how it would identify that.

The trouble isn't "legacy content" it is "legacy developers" still producing content.

I explicitly set Firefox to only run Flash when prompted over a year ago which did wonders for both browser and laptop performance..
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... it is "legacy developers" still producing content.


It's hard to believe, and i'm not disputing that there are some. How would you propose informing these dinosaurs so we can be rid of Flash?
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I maintain a monthly event directory with several hundred listings. A few years ago at least a third used a flash cover page that everyone had to wait for. They're all gone now although some have a huge screenshot size image that is equally slow to load.
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Flash content that is not essential to the user experience

You mean I will have to imagine all that stuff from next month on?

That is it, I am buying a VR(something....)
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...or psilocybin shrooms
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I explicitly set Firefox to only run Flash when prompted over a year ago

I did that also, but the recent big Flash security update installed Flash as on by default... which I didn't know at the time. Pages were hanging so often that I disabled it and also turned off Flash protected mode.
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My latest computer came without Flash installed, and Firefox seemed incredibly fast. Weeks passed before I ran into a website I couldn't view for Flash content. I installed Flash, and instantly Firefox became the sluggish slowpoke I remembered from my last computer. I got rid of it. I haven't missed it.
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> My latest computer came without Flash installed
Me too. However, I did not install Flash. My computer is still fast. I never missed Flash. Still have no need for it at all. It's been ...oh well,... 6-8 years or so without Flash.