Tags: amd64, flash, GNU/Linux, Ubuntu
EDIT: Update to Flash 11 beta 1
EDIT: This howto –while referring to the directory “.mozilla”– works without adaptation for chromium (that reads ~/.mozilla/plugins).
Now that there is a java browser plugin and a working wine for 64-bit on the Ubuntu repositories, there is not much holding back 64-bit Linux on the desktop. Maybe the only thing missing is the Adobe Flash player. Most of the time Flash is just annoying, nevertheless sometimes needed. Luckily, there is now a Flash Player release for 64-bit Linux (however, still
beta alpha beta but stable so far). I am pretty sure the instructions are identical for other Linux distributions.
To install it:
1. The beta of Flash 11 64-bit can be found here (the “Download plug-in for Linux 64-bit” link).
The alpha program has been opened and closed several times (was here and here), but at the moment of writing is open again: download the flash binary here. Because of the intermittent presence of the binary, I put a copy of the latest version here (the md5 checksum is 49b55c7eb8044453e5f6f2e4b3cb4084) and keep my fingers crossed for html5 . NB: The screenshot is from a previous release, however the actual binary *is* the latest.
2. Unpackage it using a terminal (with the assumption your firefox downloads into your Desktop as default):
tar xvzf flashplayer11_b1_install_lin_64_071311.tar.gz
(The name of the tar.gz file may change when a new version is released, change accordingly).
3. Create a plugin directory in your $HOME (instead of a system directory):
mkdir -p .mozilla/plugins
4. Move the file to the plugin directory:
mv Desktop/libflashplayer.so .mozilla/plugins
(You may safely ignore the other contents. Place the contents in ~/.local/share if needed).
Edit: Alternatively, you can use the graphical approach:
1. Download the binary (see the command line instructions above).
2. Select “Open with ” in firefox (you have to click on open to enable the ok button) and clck on OK.
3. The archive manager will open and show you the libflashplayer.so file.
4. Click on extra and a save window will open.
5. Type ctrl + h to show hidden files. Go to .mozilla (dubble click).
6. If no “plugins” directory is present, click on “Create Folder” on the top right and type as name “plugins” (without the quotes). Press Ener.
7. Click on Extract.
8. Click on Close on the windows showing the result.
9. Close the archive manager.
10. Restart firefox.