If, like me, you’ve been struggling to install the Macromedia Flash plug-in for Firefox on a Linux machine (in my case it was Fedora Core 5), then you may find item 12 on the Macromedia Flash Player 7 for x86 Linux frequently asked questions useful.
For weeks now, every time I’ve accessed a page containing Flash content (like this blog, for example) Firefox has seemingly downloaded and installed the missing plug-ins but the changes haven’t been accepted. After starting a terminal session and elevating my permissions to root (
su -), creating a file called /etc/yum.repos.d/macromedia-i386.repo with the following contents:
name=Macromedia for i386 Linux
and executing the command:
yum install flash-plugin
the Flash plug-in was installed, although it also needed a browser reset before the changes took effect.
(Now all I need to do is get the Java runtime environment to load…)