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A new version of Flash is on its way, but until Adobe officially unleashes that to the public, the current version for Linux systems is version While the use of Flash to deliver media content has certainly dwindled a bit, the medium still stands today and still has an avid user base. As such, if you need Adobe Flash installed on your system, these are the instructions to follow:

Installation through tar.gz file

  1. Download the tar.gz file. Take note of where the file was downloaded to.
  2. Launch a terminal. Go to the directory where the tar.gz file was saved.
  3. Unload the contents of the tar.gz file. Once unpacked, the following will be present:
  • /usr
  1. Locate the browser plugins directory. The exact address of this will depend on what Linux distribution you have.
  2. Copy the file to the browswer plugins directory.
  3. Copy the Flash Player Local Settings configurations files (the extracted /usr) to the /usr directory.

Installation through RPM

Launch a terminal and make sure you are the root user. Type rpm –Uvh <rpm_package_file> then hit Enter. Complete the installation process by following the prompts.

Installation through standalone installer

  1. Unload the contents of the tar.gz file.
  2. Execute the standalone player. You can double-click on the installer or you can launch a terminal then type ./flashplayer.

Adobe’s Flash Player has been the subject of many security issues for this year alone. Many are even wondering if it’s still needed to view content on the web given the rise of HTML 5. What’s clear is this: Flash is still very much alive and there’s still a large enough user base that want the product. This is made evident by the continuous improvement of Flash Player as well as the news of a new version that’s coming really soon.

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