Firefox users still waiting for Flash crash fix

It's been more than week since the latest release, and there is still no fix for a Flash-crashing bug in Firefox that affects Windows Vista and 7 users.

Adobe has yet to issue a fix for its Flash plugin --- more than a week after it was first released --- after users complained that the software continually crashed in the latest Firefox browser.

Adobe's latest Flash version --- also released on June 8 --- appears to be incompatible with the browser when running on Windows Vista and Windows 7 machines. At least on the bright side, when Flash crashes the browser doesn't crumble, so the chance of a data loss in non-Flash applications is minimal.

Naturally many are frustrated, but it's likely many won't mind the fact that Flash-based ads won't load.

Mozilla said it was "working closely" with Adobe to "diagnose and address these issues," a company statement said.

Unlike Chrome, which has the popular Web plugin installed by default, Firefox users have to install Flash manually. Mozilla's support pages offers some suggestions but the best option is to simply downgrade your Flash version to one that works.

Considering many in the enterprise are still holding on to Internet Explorer 6 for dear life thanks to the poor compatibility of legacy business applications with modern browsers, it seems only consumers are taking the brunt of the problem. Also, last year's Mozilla's "drop dead" message to the enterprise put many corporate users off the browser.

This week, Mozilla was rumoured to be developing 'Firefox for iPad' as it attempts to take on the Safari monopoly on the shiny rectangle. The browser maker said 'Junior' is in "an early-stage experimental project," and is "not confirmed for development by Mozilla".

The obvious fix for YouTube users is to switch on HTML5, which will allow YouTube videos to load without the need for Flash. For the rest of the Web, however, you're pretty much on your own until Adobe releases a fix.

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