If you have just recently upgraded or installed Ubuntu 13.04, here’s one important package to install – Adobe Flash Player. Almost all websites online today require some version of flash player to properly render in your browser.
Flash is increasing being used to add streaming video and audio files, displays advertisements and enable interactive multimedia content websites. Most rich online applications use flash as well. So without flash player, you won’t be able to interact properly with some of these websites.
This brief tutorial is going to show you how to quickly and easily install Adobe Flash Player in Ubuntu 13.04. This can also be applied to other versions for Ubuntu, including earlier ones.
As your may already know, Adobe stopped development on Flash Player for Linux last year and the current version which is 11.2 is the last that was developed.
The last version still works, however, if you need versions newer than that, you may have to download and install Google Chrome.
To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to enable Ubuntu Partner’s repository. This repo contains important packages that are not installed by default.
sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
Finally, run the commands below to install Flash Player Plugin
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer
Alternatively, you can install Ubuntu Restricted Extras which are packages that are left of by default by Canonical because of legal and other reasons. Installing these extra packages will allow you to play MP3 and DVD files, enable Microsoft Core fonts, Flash Player plugin, and many more.
Below is the command to install the extra packages.
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras