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  1. 7 Flash Player
  2. 8 TrueType Fonts
  3. 9 Inventory (II)

7 Flash Player

Debian Lenny comes with the Flash Player 9 installed by default, but we've just installed Flash Player 10 in the previous chapter (from Debian-Multimedia). Here's how we can disable Flash Player 9 and enable Flash Player 10 in Firefox/Iceweasel:

In Firefox/Iceweasel, go to Tools > Add-ons:

Go to Plugins, right-click on the Shockwave Flash plugin and select Disable:

Afterwards, open a terminal, become root...


... and run the following command to copy Flash Player 10 to the Firefox/Iceweasel plugin directory:

cp /usr/lib/flashplayer-mozilla/ /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

In Firefox/Iceweasel, type about:plugins in the address bar. Firefox/Iceweasel will then list all installed plugins, and it should list the Flash Player (version 10.0r15) among them:


8 TrueType Fonts

To check if the TrueType fonts have been installed correctly, open a word processor like OpenOffice. You should now find your new Windows fonts there:


9 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have so far by browsing the menus again:

Our inventory should now look like this:

[x] The GIMP
[x] F-Spot
[ ] Picasa

[x] Firefox/Iceweasel
[ ] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird/Icedove
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Azureus/Vuze
[x] Pidgin
[ ] Skype
[ ] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[x] Adobe Reader
[x] GnuCash
[x] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[x] gtkPod
[x] XMMS
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Kino
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[x] Real Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[ ] KompoZer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

[ ] VMware Server
[x] TrueType fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write support for NTFS partitions

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By: Andre Felipe Machado


You could use the "debian-way" of configuring system, using the "update-alternatives" root command to inform what flash program, java, pdf reader, etc, when installing from outside repositories.

Official packages with alternative implementations from debian repositories always have this command built in at their internal packaging scripts to ease things and most users will never know about this command.

But unofficial packages not always honor this "debian-way" of configuration.

For example, (as root):

# update-alternatives --config

# update-java-alternatives --auto


Andre Felipe Machado


Flashplayer, at least in an AMD64 install, is not at the location specified in step 7. Instead, in the console, execute:

cp /usr/lib/flashplayer/ /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/