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Old 12-09-2015, 11:05 AM   #1
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I am running Mint. Do I download add-ons that are tar.gz (or whatever), or Ubuntu?


Just like the title says. Sorry I'm so pathetically bad/weak/noob.

Second question: when I update Adobe Flash, I download the 'update'. Then it doesn't 'run'. What do I do after I download this or other add-ons (like a Firefox update)?

Thank you!
 
Old 12-09-2015, 11:16 AM   #2
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I dont understand the first question, but for the second, you run:

apt-get update

then

apt-get upgrade

It will update packages including flash if installed.
 
Old 12-09-2015, 11:21 AM   #3
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I'm pretty sure Mint has a nice GUI applet for updates and upgrades, it probably even runs automatically and notifies user when upgrades are available.

Please note, there is no flash for Firefox newer than 11.something. There is Pepperflash for Chrome, it is up to latest version, but it has different ABI.
 
Old 12-09-2015, 11:29 AM   #4
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I dont understand the first question, but for the second, you run:

apt-get update

then

apt-get upgrade

It will update packages including flash if installed.

Thanks, Erik.
 
Old 12-09-2015, 11:32 AM   #5
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I'm pretty sure Mint has a nice GUI applet for updates and upgrades, it probably even runs automatically and notifies user when upgrades are available.

Please note, there is no flash for Firefox newer than 11.something. There is Pepperflash for Chrome, it is up to latest version, but it has different ABI.
Thanks, Emerson. My computer is telling me that I"m running and older version of Firefox, but I don't know if it is 11.x or newer.


Do you understand my question about which downloads to choose? tar.gz versus ubuntu - for running on Mint?
 
Old 12-09-2015, 11:35 AM   #6
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You do not download anything by hand - get rid of that Windows user habit. Use Mint Software Center (or whatever it is called in Mint) to download and install software. In rare cases when the software you need is not available thru Software Center you may need to use alternative methods.
 
Old 12-09-2015, 12:13 PM   #7
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The only places where you will likely use apps other than in the repositories are things like;
  • Google's Chrome is more up to date when direct versus the one in the repositories.
  • Handbrake's PPA (if you ripp your DVDs for personal use or re-encode video for performance issues).
  • Google's Android Studio - For Android app development (if you do that sort of thing).
  • Various PPAs for hardware or things like video playback (HAL support so that Hulu & Amazon Prime videos will play in Firefox).
  • Steam software (if you do any gaming through Steam).
The above list is not exhaustive... But other than those, there aren't a lot of instances where you would or should.
 
Old 12-09-2015, 12:25 PM   #8
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when I update Adobe Flash, I download the 'update'. Then it doesn't 'run'. What do I do after I download this or other add-ons
Follow their instructions: go by way of Mint Software Center or by the other package manager available at the Menu > System > Synaptec.

However, if you have downloaded the latest Adobe Flash well that's easy. Rightclick on the downloaded file -> Extract Here -> then copy that extracted "libflashblahblah.so" into your browser folder: /home/YOU/.mozilla/firefox/plugins/<put-it-here>. (Note the period (.) dot, before mozilla, that is usually a hidden file.)

Or you may do the slack way; go into the folder where you have extracted the libflashxxx.so, right click the folder -> Open a Terminal Here, then at the terminal issue this command:

Code:
cp *libflash*so ~/.mozilla/firefox/plugins/
done. Launch or restart firefox, enjoy.

Hope that helps.

m.m.
 
Old 12-09-2015, 12:32 PM   #9
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You should be able to find the version of firefox you are running by running this command in a terminal: firefox --version
The version 11 referred to is the flashplayer and there have been very many minor updates to it which are available at the site. Since you are using Mint, you would select the APT for Ubuntu. You could also use the tar.gz option but installing that is different. After downloading the tar.gz, go to the directory to which is was downloaded which should be the Downloads directory and extract it. You can do this from a terminal or you can right click and select extract. Go to the new directory of flashplayer and move the flashplayer.so file to the /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins directory.
 
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You should be able to find the version of firefox you are running by running this command in a terminal: firefox --version
The version 11 referred to is the flashplayer and there have been very many minor updates to it which are available at the site. Since you are using Mint, you would select the APT for Ubuntu. You could also use the tar.gz option but installing that is different. After downloading the tar.gz, go to the directory to which is was downloaded which should be the Downloads directory and extract it. You can do this from a terminal or you can right click and select extract. Go to the new directory of flashplayer and move the flashplayer.so file to the /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins directory.

Which version of Mint are you using?
 
  


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