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Old 09-26-2007, 11:07 AM   #1
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Cool Video plugin ?

WOW - Quick Diary (As I'm brand new to linux and here)

Hi Everyone

Day 666 Windows XP and Hard disk crash
Day 1 (New Millenium) Istall Linux Deian 15mins flat up and running!!

Holly Mary...


Lots to learn having fun 0 spent!!!
1000's available for ... what ever I want to enjoy life on


In differnt internet sites I get a green jigsaw puzzle and I need a plug-in for viewing video. e.g. myspace etc.

I haven't installed an app have i.

What is it
where is it

Oh and shell bash# commands please as I need to learn the right way to do things from the start..

and they say life begins at 40...

it does now!!! :-)

Old 09-26-2007, 12:03 PM   #2
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For the BASH commands, just Google for 'BASH tutorial' or 'BASH commands' and you will find no shortage of information.

Now, the browser plugin.. Sounds like you're using some form of Firefox, which probably wants a FLASH plugin.
NOTE - If you don't care for the crappy Flash animation or the wasted bandwidth, you can probably get by just fine like I do, with Flash disabled, however if you do want it, just go to the ADOBE website ( will probably get you started) and follow the links to MacroMedia FLASH Plugin for LINUX and follow the download and install instructions. I have had absolutely no issues installing this plugin, though some users report issues with it.
Once you install that, we'll go from there.

PS - Glad to hear you are enjoying your Linux experience

PS - also note that some Linuxes (Debian Maybe???) possibly offer plugins from their package repositories. I don't know what Debian offers, as I don't use it. Perhaps someone else will have info on this.

AND - Firefox can also be updated and enhanced by simply going to the Mozilla website, and browsing Extensions and Plugins, and just picking and choosing the ones you want. But the Flash one, probably it is best to get it from MacroMedia/Adobe.

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Old 09-28-2007, 02:54 AM   #3
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Forgot to mention...

Thanks, GrapefuitGirl

I forgot to mention I'm running latest DebIan installation (#1) using Gnome and epiphany, just to get me started.

Ok I've downloaded the Adobe flash version for Linux but I'm now just scratching my head on how to install it... #2

1# - How do i find out which kernel i'm running ?
2# - How do i install an app i've downloaded the flash installer?.. ah ok if I open the installer in a terminal window it wants to load it into my sub home directory... I don't want it there do I. Hmmm looks like I've got some home work and reading to do...

This fun


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Old 09-28-2007, 05:06 AM   #4
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1. uname -r
a) download the .tar.gz package.
b) copy it to the place where you want to install it (either create a directory in your /home/user/ or in /opt)
c) tar xvzf install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz
d) ./flashplugin-installer
(if it doesn't start you need to add execute permission: chmod +x flashplugin-installer

I'm not sure but you might want to use Iceweasel (the same as Firefox, just different name in debian) because on the adobe website it doesn't mention epiphany.
Old 09-28-2007, 06:33 AM   #5
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Thanks sycamorex..

I'm starting to realise how dumb i've become relying on windows to do everything. I don't even know what hardware I'm running on my PC i built years ago. I'm going to have to come at this from the bottom up!!

When I'm back on my home PC I'll run through the routine you've supplied - thanks.



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