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One of the first browser plugins you probably will want to install would be the flash plugin. ( If your distro did not do it by default during the install of the OS )

The way to install it is a little bit different then the usual packages, that is why I will give a brief how-to.

Go to:

Press the "Option 1: tar.gz" button and download the "install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz" to your /home directory.


$ tar -xvzf install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz
$ su
< password >
# cd install_flash_player_9_linux
# cp flashplayer.xpt   /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/
# cp   /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

NOTE: In SUSE the /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/ directory is in /opt/mozilla/plugins/ . . . in SUSE 10.2 it is /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/ !!
In Ubuntu you use the /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/plugins/ directory.

Then check if the 2 files "flashplayer.xpt" and "" are indeed in the correct directory:

# ls -al /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

And finally open your browser and type in the address bar: "about:plugins" to see if the browser indeed lists them. If they are there you can sit back and enjoy surfing.


-- Feb 12 2006 ( Revised Jan 17 2007 ) --

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