[lubuntu-users] Firefox playing flash

Eric Bradshaw ericbradshaw at computers4christians.org
Mon Jul 18 06:45:04 UTC 2016


I'm testing a system that has had problems with the i915 graphics driver in
the past. At the moment it is running Lubuntu 16.04 LTS GNU/Linux and
everything is fine.

However, I haven't activated flash playback in Firefox, yet. In the run up
to Firefox 47 (I think), I was led to believe that Flash files would be
natively handled using HTML5.

That doesn't seem to have happened. I've looked in Firefox's Tools ->
Add-ons and searching for "Shockwave Flash" yields 98 results.Not too sure
which one to try.

For security reasons, I disabled Flash playback on computers.

Can anyone advise me what to do next?




While it's true HTML5 has all but replaced Flash FLV video online, Flash 
SWF files (games, animations, some video) are still in lots of places - 
SWF games especially, but also some tutorial-type videos that haven't 
been re-made (yet). Some school, even some college level courses 
continue to be served-up in SWF Flash. Dependig on your needs or 
desires, you may also want some other things to cover all the bases for 
Flash and other online video such as the Restricted Extras meta-package, 
HAL, some free and non-free fonts - and for your Intel hardware, 
possibly even XorgEdgers.

Restricted Extras installs various non-free codecs and plug-ins 
including ffmpeg, Flash 11.2.xx (ye olde version - and what you're stuck 
with on a 32-bit computer), fluendo-mp3, gstreamer, libdvdread4 and 
Microsoft fonts.
sudo apt-get install lubuntu-restricted-extras -y
EULA for Microsoft fonts: Hit [Tab] to select <OK>, [Enter] to "press" 
<OK>, left arrow to select <Yes> and [Enter] to "press" <Yes>.

DRM-protected services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon) will often need HAL; the 
Hardware Abstraction Layer.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mjblenner/ppa-hal -y
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install hal libhal1 -y

Install Flash by itself on a 32-bit Computer. The last official Adobe 
Flash web browser plug-in for a 32-bit Linux system is included with the 
Restricted Extras package. But, just in case you want to install Flash 
sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer -y

Install PepperFlash on a 64-bit Computer. The PepperFlashPlayer offers 
64-bit Linux system users a higher version of Flash. PepperFlash was 
previously only found in Google Chrome and could be loaded into 
Chromium. But, Fresh Player installs a "wrapper" to allow Pepper Flash 
to work with Firefox and other NPAPI compatible web browsers.
1. Remove any Adobe Flash you may have (like the 32-bit version):
sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-installer -y
sudo apt-get remove adobe-flashplugin -y
2. Install the Fresh Player Plugin:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 -y
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install freshplayerplugin -y
3. Install the Pepper Flash Player:
sudo apt-get install pepperflashplugin-nonfree -y
sudo update-pepperflashplugin-nonfree --install -y

Some free and non-free fonts Flash may use (32-bit or 64-bit):
sudo apt-get install ttf-dejavu ttf-xfree86-nonfree -y
Microsoft fonts may also be used by Flash and may also be installed 
separately if you didn't install the Restricted Extras package:
sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer -y
EULA for Microsoft fonts: Hit [Tab] to select <OK>, [Enter] to "press" 
<OK>, left arrow to select <Yes> and [Enter] to "press" <Yes>.

Places to test Flash:

If online Flash video stutters, or is choppy; Disable Hardware 
Acceleration in Flash itself by right-clicking on any Flash video (FLV 
or SWF file) while it's running. From the drop-down menu that appears, 
choose "Settings..." Go to the first tab on the bottom of the pop-up 
dialogue box, Un-check the "Enable hardware acceleration " check box and 
click "Close." Restart Firefox.

If Flash is still not as smooth as you want it to be, you *may* also try 
XorgEdgers. There was discussion on this group a couple of years ago on 
how to do that: 


Thank You,
God Bless You,

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