Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric) Flash Plugins Needed

Asked by Victor G. Jackson on 2011-10-25

It appears I need a Mozilla Addon for Adobe flash.
Today, 24 Oct 2011, I installed Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric)
and am receiving this message:
Plugin Finder Service
No suitable plugins were found.
Unknown Plugin (application / x-shockwave-flash)
What are the steps for installing Flash Plugins
for Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric)?

Thank you,

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Eliah Kagan
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Jacobsallan (jacobsallan) said : #1

Use the Software Update Center.

Search for Adobe Flash. There are two choices: Adobe Flash plugin and Adobe Flash Plugin 10. If your machine has an AMD CPU then use "Adobe Flash plugin". If your machine has an Intel CPU then use "Adobe Flash Plugin 10".

Click on the Install button once you have chosen the correct update.

Can you give the output of:

lsb_release -a; uname -a; dpkg -l | egrep 'flash|gnash|swf'


Jacobsallan said:
> If your machine has an AMD CPU then use "Adobe Flash plugin". If your
> machine has an Intel CPU then use "Adobe Flash Plugin 10".

That is not good advice.

There are two packages that provide the Adobe Flash plugin. flashplugin-installer ("Adobe Flash plugin"), from the multiverse repository, and adobe-flashplugin ("Adobe Flash Plugin 10"), from the partner repository. They can both be easily installed in the Software Center (though only one of them should be installed). But which one is best to installed is *not* determined whether you have an Intel or AMD processor chip. It is determined by whether you are running the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Ubuntu, which is related to (but not the same question as) whether your processor chip is 32-bit or 64-bit, but is *not* related to who manufactured the chip. There are 32-bit AMD chips and 64-bit AMD chips, and there are 32-bit Intel chips and 64-bit Intel chips. The name of the 32-bit architecture in Ubuntu is i386 whereas the name of the 64-bit architecture is amd64, but that is only because, for a very short time in history, AMD manufactured 64-bit chips while Intel did not (or rather, they did, but they were not "PC processors" in the sense we usually speak of).

In Oneiric, adobe-flashplugin provides both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the plugin, while flashplugin-installer provides the 32-bit version regardless of what your CPU and OS are capable of. Since the 64-bit version better takes advantage of the available resources on a 64-bit system, adobe-flashplugin is preferable on 64-bit Oneiric systems. On 32-bit Oneiric systems, which plugin to install really comes down to personal preference.

So the best advice for you as an Oneiric user would just be to install the one that says "Adobe Flash Player 10" (adobe-flashplugin). This should work well regardless of what chip you have and regardless of whether you're using 32-bit or 64-bit Ubuntu.

However, if you want a recommendation based on the specifics of your machine and Ubuntu system, you should provide the information requested by actionparsnip. This also investigates whether or not you already have a (possibly not-working) Flash plugin installed. Providing that information is the most thorough way to proceed. And if you do install adobe-flashplugin and then experience problems, you should surely provide that information, as providing it is also the first step to troubleshooting most Flash problems.

Thanks Eliah Kagan, that solved my question.

I just need to express my appreciation to this Ubuntu community.

Responders such as Eliah Kagan and actionparsnip give us who don't know much
a sense of confidence that Ubuntu can work "for the rest of us". Thank you.

Most respectfully,


We try. The way I see it, if more people use Ubuntu then more bugs get reported which is good :)
Also, I have VERY few ubuntu issues due to my super compatible hardware as well as basic use, so it's the only real way I can learn the OS, so it's a 2 way street :)

Thanks by the way, a thanks you every now and again goes a long way :)