July 15, 2015

Ubuntu PC Maker System76 Abandons Flash, Says It’s Too Dangerous

Ubuntu PC maker System76 will stop installing Adobe Flash on its laptops and desktops, saying the software is too dangerous and is no longer necessary."In 2007 System76 was granted a license from Adobe to pre-install Flash on all our laptops and desktops," the company said in a blog post yesterday. "In terms of making a great first impression with our customers, especially those new to Ubuntu, this was an important detail."

But Web content generally works well without Flash these days, and the software has been afflicted by repeated security problems, System76 noted.

This week, Adobe issued an emergency update for Flash Player to patch two critical zero-day vulnerabilities that allow attackers to install malware.

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