Adobe Flash 10 for 64-bit Ubuntu Linux

Since Ubuntu Hardy Heron, it has become much easier to install Flash on Ubuntu, but the included restricted packages always leave me a bit disappointed. Luckily, Adobe provides a proper 64-bit version of Flash for Linux called “Square”. Since I tend to automate my installations, I wrote a script to install the latest version of Flash on my computer:

#! /bin/bash

# Remove any installed Flash packages
aptitude remove --quiet --assume-yes flashplugin-installer flashplugin-nonfree

cd /tmp/
tar xzvf $FLASH
mv /usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins/

Now Flash runs properly, and with the switch to “Square,” it even seems to consume fewer resources on my machine.

Adobe Flash 10 on Ubuntu Hardy Heron

I finally got sick of having to use Hulu on my MacBook Pro instead of my Ubuntu desktop and decided to see if I could fix the Flash player problems. It turns out that the fix was simple. This article from Ubuntu Geek makes it easy. Since I am running a 64-bit OS, I used the 64-bit instructions:

chmod +x
sudo bash ./

Now Hulu works just fine in Firefox on Ubuntu.

Install Flash on Mac OS X from the command line

My mother needed the latest version of Flash to view a web page. I decided this was a good opportunity to install the package from the command line over secure shell. She has a PowerMac G4 running Mac OS X 10.4. It turns out that the update didn’t work, but I relearned a bit about some useful command line tools for Mac OS X. I always start in the temp directory. Then I downloaded the installer and unzipped it. That’s all pretty straightforward.

cd /tmp/
curl -O

Next, I used “hdiutil” to mount the disk image and then changed to that directory.

hdiutil attach Install\ Flash\ Player\ 10\ UB.dmg
cd /Volumes/Install\ Flash\ Player\ 10\ UB/

Then I used “installer” to install the package specifying the package with “-pkg Adobe\ Flash\ Player.pkg” and the target volume with “-target /”.

installer -verbose -pkg Adobe\ Flash\ Player.pkg -target /

It will run through the installation and output some information. After that, I changed back to the temp directory. I initially tried using “umount” to unmount the disk image, but that is a bad idea because it doesn’t fully unmount the image. The better approach is to use the “hdiutil” again. I find the volume to unmount by using the “df” command. Once it is unmounted, I deleted the zip file and the disk image.

cd /tmp/
hdiutil detach $(df | grep Flash | awk '{print $1}')
rm Install\ Flash\ Player\ 10\ UB.dmg

Most applications for Mac OS X come in disk images, and many of those have package installers. This is a quick way to install software on a remote Macintosh or a way to automate installations with scripts.