Installing adobe flash on 64bit arch
On Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 5:13 PM, Mick <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I see in the amd64 FAQs this:
> Can I get Adobe Flash working?
> Yes. Just emerge adobe-flash. Adobe has provided a 64-bit Flash
> plugin starting with version 10.0.22.87. If you don't need the 32-bit
> plugin, then run echo "www-plugins/adobe-flash -32bit" >>
> /etc/portage/package.use. This will install only the 64-bit Flash
> So that I am clear, why would I want to install flash with both the
> 32bit and 64bit USE flags? If there is no reason for both flags, then
> should I be disabling the 32bit globally or are there other
> circumstances that mean I should only set it so for this package?
In the old days, when Flash and Java was only available as 32-bit
plug-ins, people also ran 32-bit versions of their browsers (in order
to be able to use those plug-ins). In the time since then, we had
nspluginwrapper to allow 32-bit plug-ins in 64-bit browsers, and now
we have native 64-bit plug-ins. I guess the 32-bit option is still
there for people who are still using the old set-up and haven't gone
to a totally 64-bit browser yet.