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Old 02-02-2018, 02:44 PM   #1
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Cannot view streaming video in Chrome or Firefox

I just recently upgraded to Kubuntu 17.10. I wake up this morning and try to watch Fox News, logging into my Fios account as usual and get a message telling me that my version of Flash is outdated. Problem is Symantic Package Manager tells me that I have the latest version installed. When I click on "run this time" the message comes back that the stream could not be found, whatever that means. Looks to me like the new versions of the browsers did something to screw up the Flash I had installed. I can't install a new version of Flash because Symantic tells me that my version is the latest. Is there a way out of this Catch 22?
Old 02-04-2018, 09:29 PM   #2
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Firefox will routinely tell you that Flash is outdated because Mozilla is on a righteous crusade against Flash, because it is outdated and vulnerable and will be EOLed in a couple of years.

What is the output of

ls /usr/[lib | lib64]/mozilla/plugins
This thread should help:

I can't speak to Chrome. I don't use it.
Old 02-04-2018, 10:25 PM   #3
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mark@mark-desktop:/usr$ ls /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins
Old 02-06-2018, 08:21 PM   #4
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If that was me, in Puppy Linux I'd simply download the new version from Adobe, untar it, then go into the file system and swap 'em over. However, since command-line solutions are preferred here (and Pup is considered 'odd' by the majority of Linux users anyway), this might be how you'd do it:-

1. First, go to the Player Download Centre and download the 'tar.gz' for Linux. (If you do this in Chrome, you'll be offered PepperFlash; if you do this in FireFox, you'll be offered FlashPlayer). We'll do the Firefox version; Flash lives in a more 'standardised' location for this. If you're running up-to-date Chrome, Pepper now auto-updates anyway.....or should do, if it's behaving itself.

2. Having downloaded the Flashplayer for Linux, do this:-

a) First create a directory called Flashplayer in your Downloads directory (this keeps the contents of the archive in one place):-

mkdir /home/yourusername/Downloads/Flashplayer
b) Next, go into your Downloads directory, then untar the archive to the directory you've just created (because otherwise the files will be scattered throughout your Downloads directory; this keeps everything together in the same place. There's a load of icons and other guff which Adobe supply, which aren't necessary to actually get Flashplayer working!)

Looks like you're on 32-bit, rather than 64-bit, so in that case it'll be:-

cd /home/yourusername/Downloads
tar xvzf flash_player_npapi_linux.i386.tar.gz --directory /home/yourusername/Downloads/Flashplayer
3. Then, you want to move to /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins:-

mv /home/yourusername/Downloads/Flashplayer/ /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins
This will either add to that directory, or overwrite the existing Either way, you'll end up with the up-to-date where Firefox expects to find it. And as frankbell says, if you don't always have the very newest version the instant it's available, Firefox will harrass you & heckle you until you do!

(I'm like most other folks I've come across. I can't wait for the day when the entire web has finally seen sense and gone all-HTML5.....but until that day arrives, and you wish to view content on any site that still uses it, we have to keep Adobe's crusty old FlashPlayer hanging around like a bad smell.)


That's the way I'd do it, if I had to use the terminal. Like I said, I usually go into the file-system and directly move things around to suit myself.....I'm more of a 'mechanic' than a 'technician'!

There's probably a more elegant way of doing this by command line; I expect somebody else will be along shortly with a better solution.

Anyway, hope that helps.


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