Flash player + plugin install on AMD64

I just installed a 64 bit Kubuntu 7.04 on a Sempron AM2 3200+, which is part of AMD’s 64-bit family of processors. I initially used a 32-bit Kubuntu 7.04 on the said machine, but I wanted to experience the benefits of 64-bit computing and software, plus, so that I can maximize my hardware.

So far, the only problem I’ve encountered is the flash and flash player plug-in. And no it’s not only my machine that has a problem with that. A statement from Adobe’s web site says:

“To use Flash Player to view Flash content on a 64-bit operating system, you must run a 32-bit browser.”

Which is a bit of a problem.

Luckily for many users, there’s the nspluginwrapper install script, available here . Once you’ve downloaded it, extract the file in the command line using the following command:

# tar -zxvf nspluginwrapper-install-0-1.2.tar.gz

get inside the newly extracted directory and run the script GetFlash:

# cd nspluginwrapper install/

# ./GetFlash

which produced the output (in my machine):

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Couldn't find package nspluginwrapper
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Couldn't find package nspluginwrapper-i386
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
ia32-libs is already the newest version.
ia32-libs-gtk is already the newest version.
linux32 is already the newest version.
lib32asound2 is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 179 not upgraded.
--22:21:00--  http://janvitus.interfree.it/ubuntu/pool/feisty-upure64/main-amd64/nspluginwrapper_0.9.91.4-0ubuntu3~upure64_amd64.deb
=> `nspluginwrapper_0.9.91.4-0ubuntu3~upure64_amd64.deb'
Resolving janvitus.interfree.it... 213.158.72.68
Connecting to janvitus.interfree.it|213.158.72.68|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 100,918 (99K) [application/octet-stream]

100%[==================================================================================>] 100,918       18.76K/s    ETA 00:00

22:21:09 (18.74 KB/s) - `nspluginwrapper_0.9.91.4-0ubuntu3~upure64_amd64.deb' saved [100918/100918]

Selecting previously deselected package nspluginwrapper.
(Reading database ... 78829 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking nspluginwrapper (from nspluginwrapper_0.9.91.4-0ubuntu3~upure64_amd64.deb) ...
Setting up nspluginwrapper (0.9.91.4-0ubuntu3~upure64) ...
--22:21:17--  http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz
=> `install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz'
Resolving fpdownload.macromedia.com... 122.252.58.70
Connecting to fpdownload.macromedia.com|122.252.58.70|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 2,608,602 (2.5M) [application/x-gzip]

100%[==================================================================================>] 2,608,602    559.47K/s    ETA 00:00

22:21:26 (575.77 KB/s) - `install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz' saved [2608602/2608602]
install_flash_player_9_linux/
install_flash_player_9_linux/flashplayer.xpt
install_flash_player_9_linux/flashplayer-installer
install_flash_player_9_linux/libflashplayer.so
mv: cannot stat `/root/.mozilla/plugins/npwrapper.libflashplayer.so': No such file or directory
ln: creating symbolic link `/usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/plugins/npwrapper.libflashplayer.so' to `/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/npwrapper.libflashplayer.so': File exists

The plugin wrapper has been installed
You will need to restart Firefox for the changes to take effect

Success! Once I restart Firefox, youtube.com is just one URL away!

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