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Friday, May 16, 2008

Installing Adobe Flash Player 10 (Beta) on Hardy Heron

Adobe Flash is one of the most popular software used to distribute interactive media over the internet with approximately 95% of Internet Connected computers having flash preinstalled.
Adobe on Thursday released Beta version of their latest Adobe Flash Player for Mac OS X , Windows and surprisingly Linux simultaneously (they have even started supporting Ubuntu from this release which is really a welcome sign) . It is one of the major release of Adobe after their merger with Macromedia.

Adobe Flash Player 10 includes a number of revolutionary features like automatically adjusting video quality without the need of re buffering between video played between Flash Player and Adobe Flash Media server providing a video which could be played un-interrupted, new Text Engine paving way for creating interactive e-books and online publications in additional languages in future , improved visual performance , native 3-D transformation and animation capabilities ( which essentially means since it is native performance would be especially good and file size would be small as all the processing would be done in client side ) , an extensible rich-text layout, graphics processing unit hardware acceleration ,a new low level Audio API solving audio latency problem , Adobe Pixel Blender filters and a number of graphics related addition.

Here are new features in Adobe Flash Player 10 taken from Adobe Flash website :

Key New Features

3D Effects - Easily transform and animate any display object through 3D space while retaining full interactivity. Fast, lightweight, and native 3D effects make motion that was previously reserved for expert users available to everyone. Complex effects are simple with APIs that extend what you already know.

Custom Filters and Effects - Create and share your own portable filters, blend modes, and fills using Adobe Pixel Bender™, the same technology used for many After Effects CS3 filters. Shaders in Flash Player are about 1KB and can be scripted and animated at runtime.

Advanced Text Layout - A new, highly flexible text layout engine, co-existing with TextField, enables innovation in creating new text controls by providing low-level access to text offering right-to-left and vertical text layout, plus support for typographic elements like ligatures.

Enhanced Drawing API - Runtime drawing is easier and more powerful with re-styleable properties, 3D APIs, and a new way of drawing sophisticated shapes without having to code them line by line.

Visual Performance Improvements – Applications and videos will run smoother and faster with expanded use of hardware acceleration. By moving several visual processing tasks to the video card, the CPU is free to do more.

The Immediate change users would notice is website using flash would be much snappier owing to fact Adobe Flash Player 10 instead of using only CPU for processing now uses Graphic card also for processing. Though Adobe still hasn't released 64 bit version of Adobe Flash Player which is bit disappointing .

Impressed you can read more about new additions to Adobe Flash Player 10 from Release Notes provided here .

Note : Since Adobe Flash Player 10 is a beta version so it will be buggy , so use it at your own risk .

Install Adobe Flash Player 10(beta) on Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

Removing existing version of Adobe Flash Player

If you already have Adobe Flash installed you can remove it by issuing the following commands in the terminal window( Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal )

sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-nonfree

Now we download the v.10 Package :

and now

tar -xvzf flashplayer10_install_linux_051508.tar.gz
This will extract files in directory install_flash_player_10_linux. Now to install finally issue the following commands :

sudo mv install_flash_player_10_linux/ /etc/alternatives


sudo ln -s /etc/alternatives/ /usr/lib/xulrunner-addons/plugins/
or alternatively if you want to use installer that came with Adobe Flash Player 10 to install Adobe Flash Player issue the following command :

cd install_flash_player_10_linux


After completing above step start Firefox(if firefox was running close it and start again) and in address bar type "about:plugins" you should see Adobe Flash Player 10 listed as shown in the figure below :

To remove the package and Install Flash Player v.9 issue the following commands in the terminal window :

sudo rm /etc/alternatives/

sudo rm /usr/lib/xulrunner-addons/plugins/

and finally to install Flash Player v.9 back :

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

Article Written by : Ambuj Varshney (
For Desktop on Linux Blog ,
(C) 2008 , Ambuj Varshney


Anonymous said...


missing..not working!

Anonymous said...

Try this instead:


Or check for the latest version

Anonymous said...

I found the download file here:

Anonymous said...

it keeps saying 'command not found'

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