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Speeding up Flash in Linux GTK-2.x+ Mozilla/Firefox

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Many users may find that Flash animation in GTK-2.x+ build of Mozilla / Firefox to be very slow, here is what you can do to work around it:


1. Speeding up Flash animation for GTK-2.x+ build (and 2.x+ build only) of Mozilla or Firefox:


-> From Mozilla bug #219625

Just export this environment before starting Mozilla / Firefox:


[font:arial]export FLASH_GTK_LIBRARY=libgtk-x11-2.0.so.0[/font]


You can add this line to the execute script such as "firefox.sh", so it will be exported by default.


2. BTW, a new Linux Flash plugin update is released, 6.0 r81:


# LinuxFlash: flash-plugin-6.0.81 Update

# Macromedia Linux FlashPlayer download


Flash plugin 6.0r81 no longer depends on the old (gcc 2.96) version of libstdc++.


3. Also, it looks like FlashPlayer 7 for Linux Beta is coming:




Note: This is re-posted from PCLinuxOnline.

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Folks, FlashPlayer for Linux 7.0 r25 is released today!


-> Macromedia Flash Player Download Center Linux


With the new version of Flash plugin, this trick is NO longer required. Enjoy.


PS: To install Flash plugin for multiple browsers, you can simply do by creating symlinks at the {browser path}/plugins directory, for example, here's how I installed FlashPlayer 7 for Linux on Mozilla-1.6 and Firefox:


1. Extract the file install_flash_player_7_linux.tar.gz


$ tar -zxvf install_flash_player_7_linux.tar.gz


2. Create a directory, and copy the plugin files into it:

Let's do it as root so we can allow system-wide access of the plugin:


$ su

# mkdir /usr/local/flash-plugin

# cp libflashplayer.so flashplayer.xpt /usr/local/flash-plugin


3. Enable the plugin for the browsers you desire:


# cd {path of browser}/plugins


# rm libflashplayer.so flashplayer.xpt

(Enter this only if there's any prior version existed)


# ln -s /usr/local/flash-plugin/libflashplayer.so

# ln -s /usr/local/flash-plugin/flashplayer.xpt


Finished! smile

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