Yesteday is a historical day for Linux users, as Adobe has finally decided to listen to them and released a 64-bit version of its Flash Player. Until today, 64-bit Linux users had to install the 32-bit version of the Flash Player, which was forced to work with the help of the NSPlugin wrapper package and the 32-bit libraries.
However, this could cause some issues, and I'm pretty sure that users of the 64-bit Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) operating system know about the "grey box" problem of the Flash Player plugin, and are aware of the fact that you had to reload the page to see a flash movie, or even restart your browser... which was very annoying in some cases.
The first alpha version of the 64-bit Flash Player plugin from Adobe has been released today, a few minutes ago, and it is available for download here. At the moment, it is only available for English users, and Adobe stated that it would only accept feedback for the plugin in the English language. Moreover, the 64-bit version contains all the features from the 32-bit edition!
How to install?
· Download the 64-bit Flash Player for Linux from here and save it on your desktop;
· Close your browser;
· Extract the archive and you will see a libflashplayer.so file;
· Open your Home folder and go to "View -> Show Hidden Files," or hit the CTRL+H key combination to view the hidden files and folders;
· Look for the .mozilla plugin, open it and create a folder called "plugins" (without quotes);
· Drag and drop the libflashplayer.so file from the desktop to the .mozilla/plugins folder;
· Open your browser and verify the installation of YouTube or any other website with flash content.