Linux Ubuntu

Installing Adobe Flash 10 Beta in Ubuntu

Some people have found the new version of Adobe’s Flash player to offer greater stability (fewer crashes) in the Ubuntu version of Firefox. Others just like to try cutting edge software. Either way, this is how you install Flash 10 beta in Ubuntu.

Probably the easiest way to do it is to download the .deb file of it from your local mirror and then double-click it.

If you prefer to install the .tar.gz from the Adobe website, copy and paste the following commands into the terminal:

sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-nonfree

This command uninstalls the Ubuntu repositories version of Flash 9.

wget -c

This downloads the Flash 10 beta compressed file.

tar -xvzf flashplayer10_install_linux_081108.tar.gz

This extracts the files contained in the compressed file.

sudo cp install_flash_player_10_linux/ /usr/lib/xulrunner-addons/plugins/

This command copies the Flash plugin to the Firefox plugins folder.

rm -r install_flash_player_10_linux

This command removes the extracted files folder.

rm flashplayer10_install_linux_081108.tar.gz

This command removes the originally downloaded compressed file.

Below is what the whole process looks like:

username@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-nonfree
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree

Reading state information… Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B of archives.
After unpacking 160kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y
(Reading database … 68660 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing flashplugin-nonfree …
username@ubuntu:~$ wget -c
=> `flashplayer10_install_linux_081108.tar.gz’
Connecting to||:80… connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 200 OK
Length: 4,035,433 (3.8M) [application/x-gzip]

4,035,433 624.95K/s ETA 00:00

18:23:44 (620.39 KB/s) – `flashplayer10_install_linux_081108.tar.gz’ saved

username@ubuntu:~$ tar -xvzf flashplayer10_install_linux_081108.tar.gz
username@ubuntu:~$ sudo cp install_flash_player_10_linux/ /usr/lib/xulrunner-addons/plugins/
username@ubuntu:~$ rm -r install_flash_player_10_linux
rm: remove write-protected regular file `install_flash_player_10_linux/flashplayer-installer’? Y
username@ubuntu:~$ rm flashplayer10_install_linux_081108.tar.gz

If you run into problems, post a support thread at the Ubuntu Forums.

Linux Ubuntu

Installing Flash on Kubuntu 8.04

Ubuntu’s development is mainly focused on Ubuntu and less so on Kubuntu and Xubuntu, so most of my tutorials are also Ubuntu-centric.

Nevertheless, people do actually use Kubuntu and Xubuntu, so I thought I’d create a little tutorial on enabling extra software repositories and installing Flash in Kubuntu 8.04, since someone on the Ubuntu Forums asked how to do it, and I didn’t have a simple explanation handy (the process for installing Flash in Ubuntu is much simpler).

First go to the KMenu and and select System and Adept Manager.

Adept Package Manager handles software installation and removal. It fetches installer files and their dependencies from a centralized software server repository, and then it installs them for you.

Since Adobe Flash is proprietary software, we’ll have to enable extra software repositories to have it available for installation. If you don’t get this whole free v. proprietary business, you can read more about it at the Ubuntu philosophy page.

Click on Adept and select Manage Repositories

You should see both the Universe and Multiverse repositories unchecked (or unticked).

Check (or tick) both the Universe and Multiverse repositories. You can also, if you want to be considerate, change the software download source from the main Ubuntu servers to a local mirrored server (in my case, that would be the United States). Either way, the software available will be the same.

When you’re done making those changes, click Close

Adept will then check both what software is available for installation and what you already have installed.

In the search area, type flashplugin. This will filter for any software package that has the phrase flashplugin in it (there should be only one package—flashplugin-nonfree).

Click on flashplugin-nonfree in the filtered results and Request install.

Click on Apply Changes

Wait for Adobe Flash to download and install.

Once you’ve install Flash, you can quit the package manager by going to Adept and selecting Quit

In Konqueror (Kubuntu’s web browser), go to Settings and select Configure Konqueror

Click on Plugins and then select Scan for New Plugins

Once the new Flash plugin has been found, click OK

You should now be able to view Flash content through Konqueror.

If you experience any problems or have questions about any of these steps, you can find help at the Kubuntu Forums. You can also visit the the Ubuntu Forums for help—just be sure to let people know you’re using Kubuntu (and not Ubuntu).