Installing Adobe Flash Player for your Debian system may not be as simple as installing it for windoz and Internet Explorer, but it isn’t that difficult either. You can’t just go to the Adobe web site to download and install it. To accomplish this, you will need to modify the sources.list file I spoke about yesterday, in the “sources.list file in Debian” post.
To view or edit the sources.list file from the command line you need to type:
test:~# pico /etc/apt/sources.list
Then you will need to add the following three lines to the bottom of the sources.list file:
# Debian Backported Packages deb http://www.backports.org/debian etch-backports main contrib non-free deb-src http://www.backports.org/debian etch-backports main contrib non-free
…this allows you to install software packages which were intended for Debian 4.0 (etch) to your Debian 5.0 (lenny) system.
In order to save and quit you will need to press Ctrl-X (to quit), “Y” followed by to save, and then again to overwrite the same “sources.list” file.
Now you will want to run the following command:
test:~# apt-get update
Afterwards, you should be able to run the following command:
test:~# apt-cache search flashplugin
…and see a software package called flashplugin-nonfree (Adove Flash Player – Browser plugin)
To install this software package run:
test:~# apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
…and follow the directions when you are prompted.
Pretty Simple Huh?