Flash sucks! Really! It crashes my Firefox all too often (every few days, especially when behind our company proxy) and playing Flash movies consumes way too much CPU-power for my liking. Apparently Mozilla and Adobe are blaming each other with regard to some of these problems, but this really seems to be a Flash-issue;
- The problem (flash crashing) exists in Google Chrome as well, but thanks to Chrome’s isolated processes, it doesn’t freeze the browser, you’ll see the “sad plugin” instead of the swf-movie.
- Chrome’s task manager also clearly demonstrates the excessive CPU-usage of the Flash-plugin when playing an FLV-file (think youtube, dailymotion, …)
- The crashing problem is supposed to be gone in Flash 10 beta, so it seems Flash 9 specific
Moreover, I found a great howto on “Bort’s w3bl0g” about how to wrap Flash inside NSPluginWrapper in (Ubuntu) Linux, isolating Firefox from Flash-crashes. I’ll try that over the weekend, but it sure looks great!
But anyway; Adobe, get your shit together!