How do I get Linux Adobe Flash Player version 11.2.202.236?

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  1. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79 Registered Member

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    Reading the web page at: https://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/ after reading the post Adobe Flash Player 11.3.3000.257, it says that the latest Linux Adobe Flash Player is 11.2.202.236.

    In my aliases, I have the following defined alias to check my version of the Adobe Flash Player plugin installed in my Firefox profile (in Linux), i.e. in .mozilla/plugins:

    alias ckflsh='pushd ~/.mozilla/plugins 2>&1 >/dev/null; strings libflashplayer.so | egrep '\''FlashPlayer_|_FlashPlayer'\'';popd 2>&1 >/dev/null'

    And, when I execute ckflsh, it informs me that my installed Adobe Flash Player is version:
    $ ckflsh
    FlashPlayer_11_2_202_228_FlashPlayer

    Ok, not the latest, therefore, time for an updated version.

    When I visit the following Adobe website to download the latest version, i.e. http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ , I notice that they never change the latest Linux version number from 10.3.183.20 to the latest version available, and I download the tar.gz version download, gunzip it and untar it into my Desktop directory for testing.

    What I do is run the following subset of my ckflsh alias definition, i.e.
    $ strings libflashplayer.so | egrep '\''FlashPlayer_|_FlashPlayer'\'';popd 2>&1 >/dev/null'

    This time the answer is 10.3.183.20.

    An ls -lt command between the installed libflashplayer.so and the tar extracted libflashplayer.so is:
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 ubuntu ubuntu 17406436 2012-03-15 19:27 /home/ubuntu/.mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer-11.2.202.228.so
    -rw-r--r-- 1 ubuntu ubuntu 12548004 2012-05-10 22:03 libflashplayer.so

    Typically, when I installed the new plugin, I chmod +x libflashplayer.so and change the name to include the version and create a symbolic link using the versionless name to its newly versioned named file.

    Until Adobe gets this right, I will defer updating until they fix this problem.

    -- Tom
     
  2. vasa1

    vasa1 Registered Member

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    All that was quite confusing :(

    Do you not get Flash updates pushed to you by Ubuntu, assuming you're on Ubuntu?

    My flash is in /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so
    and looking in /var/cache/apt/archives I see flashplugin-installer_11.2.202.236ubuntu0.12.04.1_i386.deb

    Edit:
    And I get
    Code:
    $ strings /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so | grep '^FlashPlayer_'
    FlashPlayer_11_2_202_236_FlashPlayer
    
    (I have a dislike of visiting the adobe site.)
     
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  3. Hungry Man

    Hungry Man Registered Member

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    Ubuntu pushes updates to the flashplugin-installer package.
     
  4. vasa1

    vasa1 Registered Member

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    Tom, when you find time, could you please explain why you take the steps you described in the first post?
     
  5. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79 Registered Member

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    Hi vasa1,

    Over time, I have acquired many tools to expunge pieces of software that are installed in my system - which I now run strictly from a live USB environment so as not to have any mounted disks (a property of all installed OSes) during my connection to the Internet.

    One such tool was to expunge flash palyer - and, I was astounded at the multiple places it took to insure that my (Linux) system was free of Adobe's Flash Player.

    That said, since the easiest most efficient way to install/uninstall Adobe's Flash Player is as I have described (i.e. to install it only in one place where it is most used, in other words, the Firefox user profile) - here is a listing of ~/.mozilla/lugins in my live envrironment:

    lrwxrwxrwx 1 ubuntu ubuntu 30 2012-06-08 17:44 libflashplayer.so -> libflashplayer-11.2.202.228.so
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 ubuntu ubuntu 61 2012-03-21 08:57 libjavaplugin_oji.so -> /home/ubuntu/jre1.7.0_03/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 ubuntu ubuntu 17406436 2012-03-15 19:27 libflashplayer-11.2.202.228.so

    Note: Tomorrow - June 12, 2012, Oracle will release a new Java SE according to :
    Oracle to patch 14 critical Java SE holes on Tuesday which will mean that I will then replace the JRE libjavaplugin_oji.so you see listed in the ~/.mozilla/plugins directory.

    Note: Since I save my user profile (e.g. save bookmarks, upgrade Firefox add-ons, or want to retain any relevant history that I have not bookmarked) after each browser session, the Adobe Flash Player and Java JRE plugins are kept apart and isolated in one place from the rest of the system, and I do not have to bother with any follow up in regards to the dispersion of instances it sprays across an installed system - obviously, for use in other contexts with other software.

    Since Canonical is not as prompt at updating their repositories for older Ubuntu releases - in this case backporting the flashplugin-installer package from 12.04 to 11.04 - (I still am using Natty, i.e. Ubuntu 11.04 as the basis of my Live USB), and I have to use different repos several times over each time I use them - I am content to do it my way.

    -- Tom
     
  6. vasa1

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    Thanks for the detailed explanation, Tom :)
    But you could look at this page: they claim to have "flashplugin-nonfree (11.2.202.236ubuntu0.11.04.1) natty-security; urgency=low"
     
  7. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79 Registered Member

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    Thanks for the link vasa1. I have subscribed to an RSS feed for ubuntu package updates which will make it easier for me to know about such happenings!

    -- Tom
     
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    You're welcome!
     
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