How to Install Adobe Flash Player for amd64 / 64-bit on Debian Etch

Alrighty, so I switched operating systems – again, this time I’m trying out Debian 4.0r1 aka “Etch” after deciding that Zenwalk is for metro-sexuals. First things first right? Gotta get my YouTube working, Firefox Plugins installed, etc.

The following guys made this possible: DIP Consultants and Weiqi Gao.

Unofficial nspluginwrapper & ia32-libs-gtk packages for Etch

First things first, as root:

  • Add repository to sources.list:
    • echo “deb etch main” >> /etc/apt/sources.list
  • apt-get update
  • Install the keyring so you’re not bothered with key/verification warnings:
    • apt-get install markybob-keyring
  • apt-get update once more
  • Install what you want:
    • apt-get install ia32-libs-gtk nspluginwrapper

If you’re looking to install Flash in a 64-bit browser:

  • Do *every* step listed above, then the following as a *user*, not root:
  • wget
  • tar -zxf install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz
  • mkdir ~/.mozilla/plugins/
  • mv install_flash_player_9_linux/flashplayer.xpt install_flash_player_9_linux/ ~/.mozilla/plugins/
  • nspluginwrapper -i ~/.mozilla/plugins/
  • Start/restart iceweasel/firefox/whatever
  • Enjoy, Etch 64-bit users, from the guys at 🙂

The underlined bit is my contribution, for some reason it does not exist by default, probably since the switch to Iceweasel. Honestly I don’t get the point of changing the name and stripping the logos from the browser, everybody knows that Mozilla is NOT going to start charging people for use of their trademark logos. Google would have a hay day and clean some house at Mozilla Foundation.

Damn Debian and their “Social Contract.” It’s silly if you ask me.

On a side note, I did goto the screening of Pirates of the Great Salt Lake tonight, and I thought it was a smart and funny movie that doesn’t have any blazingly obvious flaws.  I rate it 4.5 out of 5 “ARRRGS”