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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I don't get it
by jbauer on Sat 30th Jul 2011 08:20 UTC
jbauer
Member since:
2005-07-06

What's so hard about installing Flash manually? Flash is one of those things that need to be strictly up to date due to the constant security issues anyway.

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RE: I don't get it
by lucas_maximus on Sat 30th Jul 2011 09:40 in reply to "I don't get it"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

http://www.fedorafaq.org/#flash


Open a Terminal.

Become root:

su -

Install the Adobe repository for yum:

yum --nogpgcheck install http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0...

Type:

yum install --exclude=AdobeReader* flash-plugin nspluginwrapper.{i686,x86_64} pulseaudio-libs.i686 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i686 libcurl.i686

Configure Firefox to see the plugin, by typing:

mozilla-plugin-config -i -g -v

If you have Firefox open, quit and open it again.


Or on Windows ... download the installer.

Edited 2011-07-30 09:41 UTC

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RE[2]: I don't get it
by jabbotts on Sat 30th Jul 2011 12:53 in reply to "RE: I don't get it"
jabbotts Member since:
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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RE[2]: I don't get it
by Finalzone on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 04:12 in reply to "RE: I don't get it"
Finalzone Member since:
2005-07-06

http://www.fedorafaq.org/#flash

"
Open a Terminal.

Become root:

su -

Install the Adobe repository for yum:

yum --nogpgcheck install http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0...

Type:

yum install --exclude=AdobeReader* flash-plugin nspluginwrapper.{i686,x86_64} pulseaudio-libs.i686 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i686 libcurl.i686

Configure Firefox to see the plugin, by typing:

mozilla-plugin-config -i -g -v

If you have Firefox open, quit and open it again.


Or on Windows ... download the installer.
"
Fedorafaq.org geared more to advanced users who want to use terminal (prompt in Microsoft Windows world). Simply use any browser to go Adobe Flash website, choose either yum or rpm. Using yum will allow use to update from that repository.

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RE: I don't get it - package it as an addon
by jabbotts on Sat 30th Jul 2011 12:25 in reply to "I don't get it"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Right now, flash is delivered as an installer that drops a browser addon into your system. It should be packaged like a proper addon and delivered through FF/Chrome addon sites and IE option to install on first use.

No distro specific package format.
Easy install by user regardless of os.
Inclusion into an existing auto-update system.
No more issue between distributions and licenses.

Reply Parent Score: 3