The nicest folks down at Adobe have seen fit to blow away Adobe Flash support for Linux. I guarantee you, there's nothing wrong down there, I guarantee. < That line … (read more)
The nicest folks down at Adobe have seen fit to blow away Adobe Flash support for Linux. I guarantee you, there's nothing wrong down there, I guarantee. < That line sounds familiar, I'm trying to place the Joker.
I blew away the out-of-date Flash plugin, and about a month or so ago, followed the instructions in this next reference, to replace it with gnash and liblightsparkplugin.so.
I am running Linux Mint 17.3 MATE 64-bit with Firefox 47.0.
liblightsparkplugin was worthless. It never performed a lick of work. I may have this figured out why: After I installed it, Firefox knows of it, but perhaps the file disappeared. I attempted to uninstall and it does not exist. "apt-get remove" didn't find it, Package Manager didn't find it, Software Center did not list it as either available to install or to indicate that it was installed. Find command did not find the file on my computer. I seem to have a "registry" entry in my Firefox profile pointing to the missing file.
A shot in the dark: I searched about:config for the file name. Nothing.
What file might I look in in my Profile that is holding this dead-end reference?
Seeing that the "Lightspark" source in the Linux.com reference seems to have nothing to download, what do we have in 2016 to do Flash in Firefox?
Here is what I can do with the installed plugin: It identifies as Shockwave Flash 12.1 r720 (more...). I click more, it identifies the file as liblightsparkplugin.so. I can set the plugin to never enable, always ask, always enable.
When never enabled, the interactive Flash-powered site is asking for Adobe Flash. (Such nice folks!)
When always ask, the site asks to enable the plugin. Once enabled, the Flash content area is blank.
When always enabled, the Flash content area is blank. Seems in keeping with a missing file.
I can watch CNN video, not CBSN News or ABC News. If I switch off the dead plugin I can watch MSNBC.