Finally! After a long gestation period the Flashplayer 9 plugin for Sparc and x86 is now out
for public consumption. Leon Sha
and other at Sun have done a great job working with Adobe to make this important technology available for Solaris. The Flash 7 plugin while usable had many issues particularly with intensive SWF files and had poor A/V sync on video. Of course even beyond the missing out on the features you only get with the later releases many sites over the last year have been requiring Flash 8 or 9 so even worse Solaris users were locked out. As a result many of us have had this at the top of our wish list (of course Adobe Reader for x86 is running a distant second).
I've been playing with the betas now since January and they have steadily improved to the point where now content at YouTube or classic animations like Maatkara, Genryu's Blade, and Xiao Xiao work extremely well now. The plugin will be bundled with Build 69 of Solaris Express but of course you don't have to wait. Happy browsing...