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imeem on 64-bit ubuntu

Getting flash to work correctly on 64-bit Ubuntu can be challenging. By following various blog and forum posts I was able to get it to work, but never the flash player for imeem. Every now and again I would try to re-install flash and see if it would work for imeem but until last night I was never successful. 

It turns out that imeem will only work with the 32-bit flash player. After so much work to get the 64-bit player working in Firefox 3.0 and 3.5 I did not want to remove it so I downloaded Opera and installed the 32-bit player under its plugin directory and imeem works great!

  • Download and install Opera
  • verify that you cannot play music in imeem
  • Close Opera
  • download the 32-bit flash player in ‘.tar.gz’ format
  • extract the file from the archive
  • then you will need to put this in the directory /usr/lib/opera/plugins/
  • you won’t have permissions to write to that directory unless you are in sudo mode
  • open a terminal and type ’sudo nautilus
  • copy the file into the directory (you could do this from the terminal window also probably ’sudo mv /usr/lib/opera/plugins/
  • Open Opera
  • check the plugins - type opera:plugins in the address bar
  • you should see Shockwave Flash and it should be pointing to the file under opera plugins, by default my opera installation was pointing to /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/ for the flash plugin, my guess is opera looks for plugins in its own directory and if not found then looks in mozilla directory
  • you should now be able to play music with imeem!

I am running Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope by the way. Here are some links that might work to get the 64-bit player working for Firefox