[K12OSN] Adobe Flash

j.w. thomas jthomas at bittware.com
Thu Sep 3 12:27:11 UTC 2009

j.w. thomas wrote:
> Almquist Burke wrote:
>> Hash: SHA1
>> 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.

Here's some of yum.log related to trying to get flash to work last night...

Sep 02 18:58:17 Updated: nspr.x86_64 4.7.4-1.el5_3.1
Sep 02 18:58:19 Updated: nss.x86_64
Sep 02 18:58:24 Installed: xulrunner.x86_64
Sep 02 18:58:25 Updated: nss.i386
Sep 02 18:58:29 Installed: xulrunner.i386
Sep 02 18:58:38 Updated: firefox.i386 3.0.12-1.el5.centos
Sep 02 18:58:39 Updated: nss-tools.x86_64
Sep 02 18:58:41 Updated: firefox.x86_64 3.0.12-1.el5.centos
Sep 02 18:58:42 Updated: prelink.x86_64 0.4.0-2.el5
Sep 02 19:03:25 Installed: flash-plugin.i386

I'm pretty sure I just did a "yum update firefox" followed by "rpm -e 
flash-plugin" and then "yum install flash-plugin".

Looks to me as if it has installed both the 32- and 64-bit versions of FF?

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