[lubuntu-users] Firefox playing flash

John Hupp lubuntu at prpcompany.com
Mon Jul 18 13:56:48 UTC 2016

On 7/18/2016 2:45 AM, Eric Bradshaw wrote:
> Hi,
> 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?
> TIA,
> Ian
> Ian,
> 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 separately;
> 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:
> http://www.ultimatetube.com/
> http://el-shaddai.net/flash.html
> http://www.e-water.net/index.php?lng=en
> http://frcg.weebly.com/christian-flash-1.html#.VuTFaCZgn8s
> http://www.gedeonchampion.com/My_Homepage_Files/Page132.html
> 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: 
> https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lubuntu-users/2014-April/007019.html
> Eric
> -- 
> Thank You,
> God Bless You,
> Computers4Christians
> http://Computers4Christians.org/

I wasn't the original poster, but I wanted to salute the comprehensive 
review.  Nice, Eric!

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