How to Install Adobe Flash Plugin using YUM

I know that there are some of us geeks that will settle for alternative software, for example, OpenOffice, AbiWord, and KOffice, for our Linux boxes. Still, there are some of us that prefer purity of essence, and rather get the software from the source. I am a balance of this two worlds, so for this particular scenario, I would like to show you guys how to install the Adobe Flash Player plugin for Linux using YUM.

YUM? Yes, you heard it, We can install the Adobe Flash Plugin for Linux using our good-old, reliable software update tool. How did I do it, you might ask. Here are the few and simple steps to get the work done.

  1. Download the Adobe Flash Plugin YUM repo configuration file (in an RPM package) from the Adobe Flash Player Website. (http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash)

    Download Adobe Flash Player screenshot

    Download Adobe Flash Player screenshot

  2. Login as root (`su -`)
  3. Install the YUM repo file using `rpm –install adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm`. You might need to change to the directory where you downloaded the RPM, or you can change the path in the command above, whichever suits your taste.
  4. To verify if the plugin can be found in the newly-installed repo, type `yum search flash-plugin` look if there are any packages that match what we are looking for.
  5. If everything is fine and dandy, feel free to complete installation by typing `yum -y install flash-plugin`
  6. Fire up your web browser (mine’s Firefox) and go to the Adobe Flash Player Test page (http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/about/). You should see a message indicating that Flash player has been successfully installed and the corresponding Flash Player version.

Easy, isn’t it?

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~ by ojtibi on August 26, 2008.

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