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I saw Sockwave and couldn't stop myself from chuckling...
Anyway...Flash is a program from Macromedia that creates .swf(shockwave) files. Firefox does have a plugin for macromedia shockwave. However, after having some problems with a website I had created, I discovered that I need to put in some extra code to get it to display correctly in Firefox, Netscape, and some others. Not quite sure if that's the answer you're looking for but I hope it helps.
It should be, but I don't think it's a good idea. I remember reading that some people had trouble doing it. Anyway it would be a big download, most packages have been replaced. If you have a good connection, I would definitely recommend to do a reinstall.
nono, it's the same thing.
This is macromedias fault. They named the program flash, and the format "shockwave".
Technically there is no "flash" player. The flash files are named *.fla and contain only raw data. Like *.psd for photoshop. But they cannot be played.
arr, there is a difference.
the shockwave player is specifically for shockwave files made with macromedia-director. Which is even more confusing.
So more complex flash-games might not work with the flash-player (which really is a shockwave-player)...
Just try it. I use only the flash player, and I never came across something It couldn't handle. If you play alot of flash games, you might need the shockwave-player though.