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How to install Flash Player 9 on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10


** IMPORTANT ** The instructions contained in this Techinical Information Document are only necessary on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.  Adobe's Flash Player 9 has been released with SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 and SP2 and is installed by default on those versions.

While it is strongly suggested that an upgrade to SLED 10 SP2 (either via the software updater or using downloaded SLED 10 SP2 media) be performed, this information is provided in the event that a timely update to SP2 is not possible.


  1. On the SLED 10 machine, using Firefox go to: and click on the pulldown box and select ".rpm for Linux" link and press the "Agree and install now" button after reviewing the Software License.

  2. When the download dialog box appears, click the "Open with zen-installer (default)" radio button and select OK.

  3. Enter root's password when prompted
  4. Click "Install" when the Software Installer Window appears
  5. Open a terminal window and type su to login as root

  6. Rename the old flash plugin from /usr/lib/browser-plugins/ to /usr/lib/browser-plugins/libflashplayer.v7

    mv /usr/lib/browser-plugins/ /usr/lib/browser-plugins/libflashplayer.v7

  7. Copy the new from the firefox plugins directory to the SLED browser plugins directory

    cp /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/ /usr/lib/browser-plugins/

  8. Make sure that the file has the group and user both set to root

    chown root.root
    chmod 755

  9. Close down all of the firefox windows that are currenlty open and then launch a new firefox window.

  10. In the URL section type about:plugins and you should now see that it says Flash Player 9.0 rather than 7.x.


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  • Document ID:3803297
  • Creation Date: 17-Jan-2007
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop

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