Given that linux really hasn't been a priority for them and they are dropping flash all together; this isn't really news.
The press release says Adobe worked with Google on Pepper. So for them to have a bias towards it isn't groundbreaking.
This is what's hard to understand: they are not dropping NPAPI on Windows, so it's not like the Chrome API is the enabler here.
This all assume there is actually going to be something more than security updates after 11.2 for other platforms. And that it is going to be something we would want on Linux.
Correct. The NPAPI version of Flash is very platform-dependent; whereas Pepper Flash is almost completely platform neutral, and Chrome OS needs most of the same Pepper platform bits anyway. So, our maintenance overhead for Pepper Flash on Linux is very small. On top of that, Linux is broadly deployed throughout Google (and is very popular among Chrome developers), so we're scratching our own itch a bit.
There will be updates and they will be desirable in Linux assuming people continue creating Flash content that makes use of the new features: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3621096.
Keyboard input support in full-screen mode
Improved audio support for working with low-latency audio
Ability to progressively stream textures for Stage 3D content
LZMA compression support for ByteArray
Frame label events
ActionScript workers (enables concurrent ActionScript execution on separate threads)
Support for advanced profiling
Support for more hardware-accelerated video cards (from 2005/2006) in order to expand availability of hardware accelerated content
Improved ActionScript performance when targeting Apple iOS (What the??? iOS???)
Performance index API to inform about performance capabilities of current environment
Release outside mouse event API
Refactoring and modernizing the current core Flash runtime code base
Work on the ActionScript Virtual Machine
Updates to the ActionScript language
Doesn't seem like there will be anything new that can not be currently albeit less efficiently.