Running 64bit Flash on 64bit distros
Thursday, April 15, 2010 9:08:44 AM
Personally I prefer to run native plugins, rather than 32bit ones. In addition to avoiding the problems highlighted in my previous blog post, I don't like to double up large amounts of libraries (i.e. 64 and 32 bit versions), as it saves space and keeps the system cleaner and simpler.
If you are a 64bit user on a distro that provides 32bit Flash you can manually switch to the 64bit test version by removing Flash via your native package manager and downloading the latest test version from Adobe's 64bit Labs page (See the link at the very bottom labelled "Download 64-bit Plugin for Linux").
After unpacking the tarball package, run ldd against the 'libflashplayer.so' plugin file and check for any "not found" lines:
$ ldd libflashplayer.so | grep "not found"Assuming nothing is echoed back (the most likely scenario) you can copy libflashplayer.so into one of your plugin directories and Opera will detect it.
(Note: If you have any matches to the "not found" search, these are dependencies that you must satisfy before the plugin will work correctly).
You can discuss 64bit Flash on Adobe's "Flash Player 10 for 64-bit Linux" Labs forum or report issues and log feature requests on Adobe's Flash bug tracker.