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I have Linux/Linux etch and I cannot seem to download some versions o adobe flash player, when I go to some sites and the require me to download the latest AFP, my computer just stacks it in my downloads and I end up with 10 different versions AFP just sitting in my computer, I thy to open and it says cannot open program etc. also sometimes i go to sites and I cannot type in some comment bars, also some of the links in Yahoo won't work like my address book won't open...i cannot adjust my filters, I click and nothing happens, I am so frustrated.
I've heard many reports that debian lenny has a serious performance issues with flashplayer, however I never tried that myself. If that's true there is probably the same problem with etch, as it's even older, but you need to try anyways.
Are you using firefox(iceweasel)? If you downloaded a *.deb version, just dpkg -i <path-to-flash-player-you-downloaded.deb> as root.
There is an alternate way to install it manually, unpacking from tar.gz into /usr/lib/firefox/plugins (create a directory if one doesn't exist and put libflashplayer.so in there). Also as root, of course.
how do I uninstall Dabian Etch and install a newer better version version?
1. Backup all important data
2. Boot up from a Debian install disk
3. Install the newer version using the same partitions as you are currently using--BUT**
**I recommend always having a separate DATA partition--I typically mounth this to a directory in /home and the create links in user accounts as needed. In this way, I can install various versions of Linux without ever disturbing my data.
Ensure your Etch installation is up to date, (aptitude update; aptitude dist-upgrade). Change your sources.list so it points to lenny.
aptitude update; aptitude install aptitude;
aptitude safe-upgrade; aptitude full-upgrade
During <etch->lenny>, apt may warn 'W: There is no public key available for the following key IDs: 4D270D06F42584E6'. Lenny's Release file is signed by two keys, only one of which you have. The chain of trust has not been broken and you can proceed with the upgrade. This is a different message to if you had untrusted sources. Once the lenny version of "debian-archive-keyring" is installed, the message goes.