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Thread: Firefox & Adobe Flash Player

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    Amer24 NNTP User

    Red face Firefox & Adobe Flash Player

    Hello everyone,

    Before I ask my question, I want to tell you that I am a complete newbie with SUSE and Linux in general.

    I am trying to install adobe flash player for Firefox but I keep running into a brick wall. I downloaded the flash player from the adobe website (the one with .tar.gz), and extracted it. It's currently located in the 'Downloads' folder.

    I read up and found that the file needs to be in the usr/lib/browser-plugins folder, but when I try to move/copy it over there it tells me that my access is denied eventhough there's only one user on the system (the one I logged in with) and has root privilages.

    Can anybody tell me how I can get this done?

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    Default Re: Firefox & Adobe Flash Player

    Hi,

    First, welcome to openSUSE!

    Secondly, this isn't windows, so the regular user does not have permissions to modify things in the / folder. You have to become the root user to do this.

    Thirdly, have you updated openSUSE yet? If not there's a script that actually installs Adobe Flash Player when you first update.

    To update open Yast Software Management and if it is your first time, it will automatically have packages selected for updating and installing, one of those is flash. Click accept and wait for the update to occur. When it's done, close firefox then open it again and try out a site like youtube.

    Take Care,

    Ian
    Laptop: Dell Inspiron E1505 | OpenSUSE 12.1/Windows Vista | KDE | Intel CPU T2050 1.6 GHz | Intel 945GM | 3.2GB RAM
    Box: OpenSUSE 12.1/Windows 7 | KDE | Intel Core 2 Quad 8300 2.5GHz/core | nVidia Geforce 9500GT 1GB| 4 GB RAM

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    Amer24 NNTP User

    Default Re: Firefox & Adobe Flash Player

    Thank you, Ian!

    I'm updating as I type, and yes adobe flash was on there.

    However, I would like to know how I can get root privilages for issues that I might run into in the future.

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    Default Re: Firefox & Adobe Flash Player

    Please read this first as it's critical for your system security:

    SDB:Login as root - openSUSE

    If you need to do things as root like installing programs, use tools like Yast which automatically heighten you to root permissions when it asks you for your password.

    If you need to be root in a terminal type

    Code:
    su
    hit enter, then enter your password.

    To become root with a kde or gnome application like konqueror or nautilus use:

    Code:
    kdesu
    or
    Code:
    gnomesu
    with the application name like so:

    Code:
    kdesu dolphin /usr/lib/browser-plugins
    or

    Code:
    gnomesu nautilus /usr/lib/browser-plugins
    instead of su

    Note: Be very careful when heightened to root privileges as you can completely mess up your system if you don't know what you're doing.

    Take Care,

    Ian
    Laptop: Dell Inspiron E1505 | OpenSUSE 12.1/Windows Vista | KDE | Intel CPU T2050 1.6 GHz | Intel 945GM | 3.2GB RAM
    Box: OpenSUSE 12.1/Windows 7 | KDE | Intel Core 2 Quad 8300 2.5GHz/core | nVidia Geforce 9500GT 1GB| 4 GB RAM

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