How I Fixed Flash in Firefox on Ubunty Jaunty Jackalope

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Posted on September 20, 2009 8:59 PM in Computers
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Ever since I upgraded to Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope back in May, I've been having issues with Flash in Firefox. Luckily, I don't really rely on Flash for too much, but tonight I needed to order a pizza, so the issue became critical. ;)

I'm no stranger to Flash issues on Linux, so I knew if I dug around in the Ubuntu Forums I'd come across something helpful. Sure enough, I found this thread, in which the following commands were suggested for fixing the problem:

sudo apt-get remove --purge swfdec-mozilla mozilla-plugin-gnash flashplugin-nonfree adobe-flashplugin

sudo apt-get install adobe-flashplugin

I ran the first command and found that the two packages I had installed were flashplugin-nonfree and swfdec-mozilla. They were both removed by the command.

When I tried the second command, I got the following:

Package adobe-flashplugin is not available, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source.

My guess is that is due to the note in this post, which refers to needing to have the Canonical "partner" repository set up.

Before I looked into how to do that, I decided to fire up Firefox to see if it would present me with the option of installing the plugin from there (seemed easier). However, I was pleasantly surprised to see that all of a sudden, after only running the first of the two aforementioned commands successfully, Flash was finally working fine again.

And now the pizza guy is here. :)


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