64-bit Ubuntu users: You can read this for some general info, but for installation of Flash use this guide instead.
A common complaint from newbies is the lack of Flash support in Firefox when they first encounter a site that needs it. However, the solution is quite simple, and the fact that it is even seen as a problem is evidence that often the most obvious things are the most easily missed.
When you go to a site that relies on Flash, don’t look at the error message on the web page – look just above it and you’ll see Firefox is well aware of the issue, and is presenting the solution to you.
All you need to do is click the “Install Missing Plugins…” button and you will be presented with a list of plugins to choose from, both official (ie: the Adobe one) and open-source. You can try any you please, especially if you’d like to try slimmer, open-source alternatives that probably use less system resources, but pick “Adobe Flash Player (installer)” if you prefer to play it safe (I’d recommend that).
Select your choice, click the Next button, and that’s it (Firefox might need to be restarted, though probably not).
If you want a simpler method you can implement straight after an Ubuntu install, before you even load Firefox, once again the terminal is the answer. Just enter the following command, and it will take care of everything:
sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer
If you’d like to make sure the plugin is successfully installed, enter about:plugins in the address bar. It will list all installed plugins, with the first one being the most recently installed, Flash.
In case you’re wondering what other web browsers this plugin supports, any browser based on Netscape or Mozilla can use the Flash plugin. Here is the list of those currently supported:
Mozilla, Mozilla-Firefox, Firefox, Iceweasel, and Iceape. Also Galeon and Epiphany can use the Flash plugin. Konqueror can also use the Flash plugin if konqueror-nsplugins is installed.
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