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Flash and 64-bit systems

Edit: This is for Gutsy only
I just spent a few hours combing the community documentation and the Ubuntu Forums looking for the best resource for installing Flash on 64-bit systems. Wow, I was mesmarized by all of the information to do such an easy task.

If you are using a 64-bit system, you do not have to:

  1. install a 32-bit edition of Firefox
  2. download the Adobe Flash Player from their website
  3. don’t have to mess with Pango
  4. and a whole slew of others…

I was successful using the following commands in order to get not only get Flash to work with Firefox on a 64-bit system, but also Konqueror. Granted, Konqueror and Flash aren’t best of friends right now with Gutsy, and either is OpenOffice.org with Kubuntu Gutsy. Anyways, here is exactly how I did it, and I would like you all to give it a shot and let me know if it works for you. I am doing this all command line, so bear with me.

First, install flashplugin-nonfree from the repos:

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

Second, wrap the flashplugin-nonfree with nspluginwrapper:

nspluginwrapper -i /usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree/libflashplayer.so

Third, create a link from the new file located in your home directory to the Firefox plugins directory:

sudo ln -s ~/.mozilla/plugins/npwrapper.libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/libflashplayer.so

If you are using Firefox, you are good to go. Those of you using Konqueror just have to go into the plugin settings in the Konqueror configuration and scan for new plugins. It should be there and working. If you have issues with this, could you please let me know. Thanks. And if you are using Kubuntu Gutsy, I know that Konqueror locks up when going to websites with flash animation or movies embedded. Thanks everyone.

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