Monday, April 28, 2008

How to add Adobe Flash Player to Firefox in Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron"

Ubuntu 8.04 Adobe Flash Player installation
If you've installed the latest release of Ubuntu, version 8.04 - codenamed "Hardy Heron", you've probably discovered by now that the Firefox browser does not include the Flash plugin from Adobe. You may have been prompted to download the plugin, but left wondering how to install it. The easiest way to install Flash Player 9 is to use Ubuntu's built-in Synaptic Package Manager. Just follow these steps:

1. From the System menu, choose System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager.

2. You will be prompted for your Administative password - Don't panic, this is the same as the password you chose for logging onto Ubuntu - it's the same as what you enter when your Ubuntu system starts up. Enter the password, and the Synaptic Package Manager program will run.

3. Click on Settings>Repositories. This brings up a dialogue that tells the Package Manager where it can download and install software from.

4. Make sure that the box is checked beside "Software restricted by copyright or legal issues (multiverse)". Then click Close.

5. Click on the Reload icon.

6. When Reloading has finished, click on the Search icon and enter "flashplugin" (without the quotes) as the search term.

7. You should get 1 result "flashplugin-nonfree". Click on the check box to the left and choose "Mark for installation".

8. Now click on Apply, and the Adobe Flash Player will be downloaded and installed.

9. Restart your Firefox browser to enable the plugin.

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