64-bit Flash and Java Plugins

Following on from my recent installation of 64-bit Debian Lenny on my new Toshiba laptop, I was horrified to learn that neither Flash nor Java exist for 64-bit Linux. But after some digging it transpired that all was not lost. Whilst Java is not available, the IcedTea project has reinvented the Sun Java Plugin.

$ sudo aptitude install icedtea-gcjwebplugin

And it transpires that Adobe has launched an Alpha or pre-release version of Flash, and supposedly it works well. To install simply visit:

And download and extract the tar.gz file, then simply copy the libflashplayer.so file into .mozilla/plugins in your home directory (I had to create that directory).

YouTube (which I always consider to be a good test of both Java and Flash) worked perfectly.

So far 64-bit Linux has been remarkably painfree.

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