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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Installing Adoble Flash Player 10 in Ubuntu 8.04

Adobe a couple of days back released the latest version ( 10) of their popular Adobe Flash Player and surprised many by releasing a full fledged Linux version of the Flash Player simultaneously with the release for other popular operating systems.

Adobe Flash Player 10 includes a number of new features like visual performance improvements ,GPU hardware acceleration , native 3D transformation and animation , advance audio processing , custom filters etc. Linux users will notice among other things improved performance of Full Screen Video playback , transparency through Flash, and page elements rendered above Flash support as well as improved overall performance of Adobe Flash Player.

Some of the major new additions to Adobe Flash Player 10 includes :

  • Improved support for 3D Effects
  • Custom Filters and Effects
  • Dynamic Streaming - Streaming videos that adjust to network conditions
  • Hardware Acceleration
  • Dynamic Sound Generation
  • Advanced Text Support
etc. For a detailed look into the features of Adobe Flash Player 10 visit this link.

However , like the earlier releases Adobe still does not provide package for 64bit version of Linux which is somewhat disappointing.

Installing Adobe Flash Player 10(32 bit) in Ubuntu 8.04 :

Note : Close all the instances of Mozilla Firefox before issuing the following commands.

First we need to remove any existing version of Flash Player that you might have , you can do so easily by issuing the following commands in the Terminal window (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal ):
sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-nonfree
Now finally to download and install Adobe Flash Player 10 , issue the following command :
wget http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/install_flash_player_10_linux.deb
and
sudo dpkg -i install_flash_player_10_linux.deb
Flash should be properly installed , you can verify so by launching firefox and typing in "about:plugins" in the address bar. This should show you all the plugins installed in your system , you should see Adobe Flash Player 10 listed here , if it installed properly.
Adobe Flash Player 10 listed as installed plugin in Mozilla Firefox

Article Written by : Ambuj Varshney (blogambuj@gmail.com)
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(C) 2008 , Ambuj Varshney


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