[K12OSN] Adobe Flash

j.w. thomas jthomas at bittware.com
Thu Sep 3 11:11:20 UTC 2009

Almquist Burke wrote:
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> On Sep 2, 2009, at 7:51 PM, j.w. thomas wrote:
>> I'm running K12LTSP-EL5-64 (The 64-bit Centos-based version) in a 
>> one-room multi-grade school.  The teacher wants to send some of the 
>> kids to a flash-based website while she instructs others, but for the 
>> life of me, I cannot seem to get Flash working.
>> I went to adobe and followed their instructions (which is where the 
>> wiki directs me anyhow).  I did a "yum update flash-plugin" and 
>> everything was peaches.  The next step is to verify that the plug-in 
>> is installed by pointing Firefox to about:plugins.  But there is no 
>> joy there.  FF reports no plugins at all.
>> Almost everything I find about flash for K12LTSP has to do with 
>> getting sound to work, and almost nothing about getting flash itself 
>> to work. Maybe that will be useful next week...
>> I also tried the 64-bit version of flash, but got exactly the same 
>> result for my efforts: nothing.
>> I update FF to the latest in the Centos repo (some minor rev to 
>> version 3), and was met with the same result.
> Just curious, what version of flash are you installing, and what version 
> of Firefox (32 or 64 bit)? When you do the about:plugins, you should get 
> SOMETHING, even if it's just the "default plugin." Did you try other 
> sites with flash? And are you sure they aren't using some other adobe 
> thing, like director, and not actually flash?

I'm using version  That's the only one I can find on Adobe's 
website.  I'm not positive which version of FF I've got, as I do not 
have remote access to the system and I'm not there ATM.  I'll get back 
on that in a couple of hours.

When I go to about:plugins, I do get something - I don't recall the 
exact words, but they are in effect saying "no plugins" and point me to 
two addresses at mozilla for finding out about them.

I tried Youtube to test for Flash.  No joy there.  It may be that they 
are using director, but since I'm positive flash isn't working and 
that's what she's asking for, I'd prefer to continue pursuing that until 
the request is amended.

Jim Thomas            Principal Applications Engineer  Bittware, Inc
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