Adobe Flash 10 64-Bit – Use the Alpha Version Instead? 11/20/08
I was sent a link this morning, suggesting that the Alpha version of Adobe Flash Player 10 on Linux is better than any of the “stable” versions. While I’m not necessarily an expert in application development (heck, I don’t even know how to program), I did find the suggestion interesting.
I currently have Adobe 9 working (and I remember having to play a bit to get it going). I took a look at the post (from the link in my email) “64-Bit Linux Adobe Flash Player: Surprisingly good” and found some of the points to be of interest (especially the Linux Mint blurb in the comments).
Downloaded the Flash 10 plugin here: http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html
The install instructions were listed as:
- Download the plugin to begin installation. A dialog box will appear asking you where to save the file.
- Save the .tar.gz file to your desktop and wait for the file to download completely.
- Quit your browser.
- Remove all existing Adobe Flash Player installations from the system.
- Unpackage the file. A directory with contains libflashplayer.so will be created.
- Copy libflashplayer.so to ~/.mozilla/plugins. Create the ‘plugins’ folder if it does not exist yet.
- Launch your browser. To verify installation in Firefox choose Help > About Plug-ins from the browser menu.
One thing, in step 5, it does not create a directory, it just has the file libflashplayer.so (It’s a 9303KB file), but that’s no big deal.
Also in step 6, to get it working on my fathers Linux box, I just copied the file into my /usr/lib/firefox/plugins and it worked for me (that’s because he’s using Ubuntu Linux 7.10).
One thing that is a problem (and I don’t have a fix yet) is that my webcam got knocked out for Flash (and I’m not yet sure why). Maybe it’s just a setting somewhere.
But other than this issue, the poster (Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols) was right – Flash is way faster, surprisingly so!
And for those of you looking for a good step-by-step guide… You’ll find a good one here: How to Install Adobe Flash Player 64-bit on Ubuntu 8.10
Update: I have another issue. There are several sites where the Flash 10 player just does not work. Eeek! Guess I’ll be searching through forums to find fixes (or re-installing Flash 9 instead) – Well it did say “Alpha”. 😉
Update Feb. 23, 2009: To install Flash 10.0.15.3 on Ubuntu 8.04 64Bit , run this command in a terminal. This should also fix many issues with Flash trying to use a webcam (It did for me using Logitech):
wget http://queleimporta.com/downloads/flash10_en.sh && sudo chmod +x flash10_en.sh && sudo sh ./flash10_en.sh
More notes, comments and information is available here. (Which is where the above install command came from).
In my case it updated Flash: LNX 188.8.131.52 to LNX 10.0.15.3 You can test which version is installed here via the version test for adobe player: