Flash Player & Knoppix

I mentioned Knoppix in my previous posts, especially in Linux & Windows – myths and facts.

In short, Knoppix is a live Linux distribution. The system is booted from live CD, meaning you don’t have to install shit on your hard drive; you just put a CD/DVD into your optical drive or plug a flash drive in your USB port, which is quite handy when your main operating system goes high-wire.
There are many live Linux distributions now. Knoppix was the first and is the most used live distribution today. Probably because it’s still the best although the “really old version(s)” of Knoppix were far better than later versions, but that’s a story for another time.

Anyway, Knoppix comes with a lot of goodies, but one goody it lacks is Flash player, meaning you pretty much can’t use the Internet since half of the web uses Flash.
Since I was quite dependable on Knoppix during my stay in Slovenia (I hope I will blog about the stay soon), I eventually found a way to fix the shit.

If you Google about the issue, you’ll find out how incredibly simple it is to install Flash on Knoppix and indeed it is if you’re an experienced Linux user, but installing shit on Knoppix – Linux in general – often ain’t simple to us mere mortals at all if the program we wanna install ain’t in a software centre. Suffice it to say, a (working) Flash ain’t in the Software Center… well, not entirely (read the post more and you’ll see what I mean).

So, here is a step-by-step description of how I installed Flash (on the default Knoppix LXDE environment):

Step 1:
Open Software Center (click on LXDE logo on the taskbar and then go to Preferences).

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Step 2:
Search for “flash”. Once Software Center lists available software, find Lightspark and click on More Info.

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Step 3:
Now click on Use This Source.


Step 4:
After the Software Center gathers information, click Install.


Step 5:
Oh my, oh my; browsers still say Flash plugin is missing! What the fuck?!
Open Synaptic Package Manager (LXDE logo on taskbar > Preferences).

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Step 6:
Click on Search.


Step 7:
Find (as superuser) window is going to pop up. Type “flash” in Search textbox. Leave Look in be (should say Description and Name) and click on Search.


Step 8:
Once Synaptic Package Manager gives you search results, look for flashplugin-nonfree. Scroll down until you find it (I suggest maximizing Synaptic Package Manager window for easier searching). As you can see, it says Adobe Flash Player – browser plugin under description. That is the one we’re looking for. Don’t be bothered by “nonfree” crap. It only means you have to “agree” to the licence agreement. Actually, Flash player probably ain’t included in Knoppix because of the licence agreement. Linux is all about open-source software, meaning not just free programs, but non-licence binding crap and Knoppix, being Linux, supports that 100% 😀
Flashplugin-nonfree won’t be listed before installing Lightspark, so you do have to install Lightspark first.
Mark flashplugin-nonfree for installation (just click on the check-mark box next to flashplugin-nonfree and then click on Mark for Installation). Then click Apply (once thingies are marked for installation the icon should change the colour to green and the text Apply all marked changes should appear when you go over it with your mouse).

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Step 9:
Summary (as superuser) window should pop up next. Just click Apply.

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Step 10:
Time to check if the installation was successful!
Click on LXDE logo in the taskbar and then highlight Preferences. Adobe Flash Player should be listed on top.

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Step 11:
You’re finally done! (Re)start your browser and go to a site that needs Flash (e.g. streetview of Google Maps)



Note that I’m writing about current latest version (2014/5/20) of Knoppix, 7.2.0. I hope the thing is going to be fixed (though I doubt it because of the licence agreement) in future releases. And for all I remember, Flash might work well on older versions. After all, Knoppix did use to be far better than it is now.

Posted on May 30th, 2014 at 20:56 GMT
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