I'm somewhat familiar with the family of legacy plugins - namely QuickTime, Flash, and the Java Web plugin to name a few. They've been kind of a mainstay of web applications for quite some time.
So, I was surprised to learn (well...I actually learned around this blog post instead, as a nondescript footnote) that NPAPI plugins are to be discontinued in Google Chrome. I've heard rumblings of it being removed in Firefox as well, but I haven't found any hard references to this.
That's fine. I can understand and respect that; those plugins add lots of security vulnerabilities to the browser on their own, and lots of bloat.
But, what does that really translate to for me as an end user? Does this mean that I won't be able to run applications that have an expectation of the Java, QuickTime, or Flash plugin to be available? Are there any replacements or an otherwise compatible "plugin" of sorts that could take its place until the application itself is updated?
Do I have to use an older version of my browser to continue using the applications that still make use of these plugins?
If need be, I can specify the platform I'm referring to: (X)Ubuntu/Linux Mint, latest version(s), 64-bit OS.