Firefox/NPAPI/Flash discussion for UDS

Bryan Quigley gquigs at
Mon Oct 19 15:10:06 UTC 2015

On Firefox - CNN Live and Google Play Movies works when I install hal
from the PPA mentioned by omgubuntu.  Chromium still doesn't work for
me, maybe they are expecting some other Chrome/ium specific thing?
Google Chrome works for Google play movies, but still not for CNN

I found two upstream bugs for hal:
(closed as not as bug)
(still open high priority, from 2012)

I still don't believe freshplayerplugin is anything we could ever ship.

I'll go ahead setup the UDS session.

Thanks all!

On Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 9:25 AM, Chad Miller <chad.miller at> wrote:
> The HAL "dependencies", of which we speak, is an optional DRM test that most
> people don't see in regular use. The disk reported by HAL is tested to avoid
> playing some stuff into some obviously-named recording device. Every Flash
> Player from Adobe would use it, not just the NPAPI one. If you don't
> implement it, you don't get DRM-wrapped resources.
> - chad
> On Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 9:12 AM, Marco Trevisan
> <marco.trevisan at> wrote:
>> Il 12/10/2015 21:39, Bryan Quigley ha scritto:
>> > Hi all,
>> >
>> > Mozilla has announced their plan to drop NPAPI support for everything
>> > but Flash at the end of 2016[1].  That got me thinking that we might
>> > have to drop it sooner than that for 16.04 LTS [2] - which is what
>> > happened fro Chromium for 14.04 LTS.   Flash (NPAPI Linux) is also
>> > possibly going EOL for Firefox in February 2017 which might be good to
>> > talk about again as well.
>> Although Flash is not my beloved platform at all, I understand that
>> there's still lot of people using Ubuntu depending on that.
>> So, one strategy to allow Firefox to load a more updated NPAPI flash
>> plugin (that has not a planned EOL), would be to use freshplayerplugin¹.
>> I'm using that for long time, and it's working really well (indeed much
>> better than the stock one), while it should not depend on Hal.
>> [1]
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