July 11, 2006
Macromedia Flash on FC5
As my good friend Doran Barton pointed out in a comment on my previous post, there are RPMs available to provide the Flash plugin. At the time I wrote that post, I had tried using that RPM for the current release of Fedora Core which I had recently installed, but it didn't work for me. Additionally, other instructions & HOWTOs that I had found on the Internet didn't work for all of my browsers. As I do some web stuff, I like to keep several working browsers around for testing.
When Fedora Core 4 came out (in May of 2005), I continued to use the instructions I had written to make Flash available in all of my browsers. A couple of months later, I found that the mplug yum repo (which Doran had suggested using) now worked for me and that it installs the Flash plugin such that it works with all the browsers I have installed.
When I upgraded to FC5, I found that the same RPM works there, too. You can download the .repo file, which should be placed into your
/etc/yum.repos.d/ directory, then run
yum install flash-plugin as root.
I did run into a website recently that required Flash 8, which is not available for Linux. It's doubtful that the complications in porting Flash Player 8 to Linux will be overcome, however, it looks like Flash Player 8.5 will be made available for Linux.
So, I would highly recommend using the mplug Macromedia yum repository. But if it doesn't work for you, refer back to my instructions for manually setting up Flash for all of your browsers.
If you experience any troubles with the Flash plugin in your browsers, check out the FAQ at mplug, which has some good tips for dealing with common issues. For those of you using FC5, there is a note in the FAQ about font issues that could apply to your situation. There are also notes regarding installing the flash plugin with other distributions.
Posted by lamontp at July 11, 2006 9:25 AM