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How To Install Adobe Flash In Fedora 16

Fedora is one of those distros which remain as ‘pure’ as possible, means no proprietary drivers or decoders by default. Then there are legal reason as well which keeps the distro from shipping closed-source drivers.

However, it is no entirely impossible to install needed drivers and codecs under Fedora. I just installed Fedora 16 and was faced with the challenge of watching YouTube videos which need Adobe Flash.

Here is how you can install Adobe Flash in Fedora 16.

Simple solution: Just visit the Adobe website (http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/) and it should automatically detect your distro and architecture. Now, select Yum for Linux and download. It will open with the software installer.

If you want a bit terminal fun you can type this command for 32 bits systems

## Adobe Repository 32-bit x86 ##
rpm -ivh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
rpm –import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux

or this command for 64 bit systems

## Adobe Repository 64-bit x86_64 ##
rpm -ivh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-x86_64-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
rpm –import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux

Once finsihed, close the terminal and open the ‘Add/remove software’ tool and search for ‘flash-plugin’. Click and install.

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Now, you can play YouTube videos and Flash games on your PC.

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Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

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