Thursday, February 5, 2009

Install Flash in Debian 'Etch'

To surf the world wide web you need for a lot of websites flash installed. And unlike the Iphone, which I nevertheless love a lot, with Debian it's possible to install flash!

The automatic procedure included in browsers does not work for a Debian 'Etch' based system. But it's very easy to install:

Because we need the backports repository, we first install the debian-backports-keyring package in order to verify the downloaded files:

apt-get install debian-backports-keyring

Then, one has to add the following line to the '/etc/apt/sources.list':

deb etch-backports main contrib non-free

In order to have the packages automatically upgraded from the backports repository, you modify or create 'etc/apt/preferences' in the following way:

Package: *
Pin: release a=etch-backports
Pin-Priority: 200

Update afterwards the repositories list with:

apt-get update

And then you simply type:
apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

For more information on backports see The Debian Wiki or
For more information on Flash and Debian see The Debian Wiki.
For more information on installing Flash in a Debian based System see

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