Sunday, November 02, 2008

flash player 9 install in Fedora 7/9/10 64-bit

I inadvertantly removed the flash-plugin from my 64-bit system and figuring out how to reinstall the thing took about two hours, so I thought I'd write the steps down:

Update 2009/02/21
Finally, Adobe has released a 64-bit Flash plugin:

And, shocker of shockers, it actually works!

To Install Flash Plugin on x86-64
You'll download the tarball from here:

The only thing in the tarball is To install the 64-bit Flash plugin, simply move into your user's .mozilla/plugins directory and restart Firefox.

Even more amazing, the bloody thing works on my Fedora 10, x86-64 virtual machine running in VMware Fusion on my MacBook Pro! Yee haw!

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Update 2008/12/19
As my recent build of Fedora 9 may have gotten corrupted by bad ATrpms repo files, I upgraded AGAIN, this time to Fedora 10, x86_64. Here are some nice instructions for the Fedora 10 Flash install:

I learned a new trick in Firefox to check plugins. Type "about:plugins" in the URL bar.
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Update 2008/11/18
I just upgraded to Fedora 9, x86_64. Here are some nice instructions for the Fedora 9 Flash install:
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As Flash 9 was not built for 64-bit systems, I'll need to install nspluginwrapper to get Flash to work on my Fedora 7, 64-bit box.
1) install nspluginwrapper
yum install nspluginwrapper

Installed Packages
Name : nspluginwrapper
Arch : x86_64
Version: 1.0.0
Release: 1
Size : 124 k
Repo : installed
Summary: A compatibility layer for Netscape 4 plugins

nspluginwrapper makes it possible to use Netscape 4 compatible plugins
compiled for i386 into Mozilla for another architecture, e.g. x86_64.

This package consists in:
* npviewer: the plugin viewer
* the browser-side plugin
* nspluginwrapper: a tool to manage plugins installation and update

2) Download the flash 9 install

3) Unpack the tarball
gunzip install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz
tar xvf install_flash_player_9_linux.tar

4) From the install directory created from the extract, copy to Mozilla's plugin directory:
cp /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

5) Use nspluginwrapper to enable the 32-bit flash to work in 64-bit Firefox
nspluginwrapper -i /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

6) Restart Firefox.

Lovely, now YouTube works again.

that's all folks!

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