nerdyH writes "As recently as 2007, Linux users waited six months for Flash 9 to arrive. Now, with Microsoft pushing its Silverlight alternative, Adobe is touting the universality of its Flash format, which has penetrated '98 percent of Internet-enabled desktops,' it claims. And, it today released Flash 10 for Linux concurrently with other platforms. Welcome to the future."
Handily enough, Real Networks released this summer RealPlayer 11 for Linux
, the first release for which they've included a .deb package, and offers nightly builds of their Helix player
, for which Linux is one of the supported platforms.