Thursday, May 8, 2008

How to make Flash and Java work on Kubuntu AMD64 (Using Firefox 32bit)

This is a manual of how to run 32bit Firefox (or SwiftWeasel or IceCat or Flock) on 64bit Ubuntu (I'm using Kubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron):

(This is just a summary of the longer post that addresses this issue on Ubuntu forums. (thread). It worked for me so here's the steps I took:)

  1. Make sure Universe and Multiverse are enabled. Can be easily done through Adept. Step-by-step instruction here.
  2. Download the istall script here (addressed in the Ubuntu forums post I mentioned earlier)
  3. Extract the folder to desktop and run the 3in1 script from it. NOTE: Assuming you have a fresh install with default settings, make sure your terminal works fine enough - KDE4 doesn't refresh the terminal window well, and you have a chance to choose a wrong menu option while trying to figure out if it's frozen or not. Especially look out at the end — after browser, Flash and Java have been installed — it will ask you for your login name so it can chown working directories.
  4. After that, you should be able to launch 32bit Firefox. If Firefox window opens, but you can't access any sites - that probably means that you already have Firefox 3.0 installed. They share the same folder for settings and in order for Firefox32 to work, you will need to disable ipv6. To do it, open about:config (by typing about:config in your address bar), in the Filter field type ipv6, and then turn the network.dns.disableIPV6 toggle to True. Restart Firefox.

Next, I will have to make my Sony Vaio webcam work on Hardy Heron, together with jack-sense support for audio.

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Helder Ribeiro said...

To get the jacksense to work all you need is to add this to the end of your /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base:

options snd-hda-intel model=vaio

That did it for me :)

Helder Ribeiro said...

Btw, if what we need to do is to disable ipv6 and the option is called network.dns.disableIPv6, shouldn't we turn it to true instead of false?

Cranked said...

Yup, you are right. Firefox3 has it False by default, and you should set it to True.

Plus, thanks for the jacksense line :) It works for me as well :)

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