No doubt they are slacking with linux because they have some kind of deal going
with micro *** - they only seem to support systems that have their blessing
(which includes apple because ms has an interest in keeping apple from dying).
If you really want flash 8 or 9 to work on linux, do this... install WINE
(www.winehq.org), then IN wine, install the WINSUCKS version of Firefox
(www.getfirefox.com), then install your favorite winsucks version of flash.
Whenever you need to use flash, open the winsucks version of firefox.