Linked by V. Deseinture on Fri 29th Jul 2011 20:50 UTC
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Unlike Apple and Microsoft, and despite numerous demands from their users, Linux distributions have been traditionally unable to directly ship the popular Adobe Flash Player with their packages, due to the closed source nature of the software and the restrictive license chosen by Adobe. While it does seems shorter than a regular EULA made by Microsoft with all the legalese that goes with it, it does still restrict redistribution in most cases, and the FAQ seemed to be clear about that point.
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RE[2]: I don't get it
by jabbotts on Sat 30th Jul 2011 12:53 UTC in reply to "RE: I don't get it"
jabbotts
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2007-09-06

On Windows:
- find Adobe website
- find download link for flash player
- download active X plugin installer
- download mozilla/chrome plugin installer
- run active X plugin installer
- run active mozilla/chrome plugin installer

To update:
- repeat regularily for at least one that doesn't install from the "update available" notice popup

On Debian:
- enable "non-free" repository if not enabled already
# aptitude update
# aptitude install flashplugin-nonfree

To update:
# update-flashplugin-nonfree --install

Or, use the graphic package manager


On Mint
- nothing, I think it's installed by default given the distribution's intended user.

On Mandriva, I remember it being a single package install also. Oh, maybe two steps; visit easyRPM website to enable non-free repository, install flashplayer package.

Really, all of these including Windows are rediculous. Regardless of OS, the browser should simply offer to install the flashplayer plugin from it's normal plugin repository on first use like it would with any other media plugin. The framework for install and update delivery exists already.

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