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Opera will grab the plugin from /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so, which is the default location for the flash shared object installed by flashplugin-installer package. So make sure you have both.

If you don't have them, then install the package with:

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

If you have flashplugin-installer package and the file mentioned above, but it still doesn't work, then you could try to copy the plugin shared object to ~/.opera/plugins with the following command:

cp /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so ~/.opera/plugins/libflashplayer.so

Also check if you don't have any old version being detected by Opera and disable it. You can do that from opera:plugins page.

For other video types you will need gecko-mediaplayer, which is the only media plugin that works with Opera.

sudo apt-get gecko-mediaplayer
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BTW, the latest build can be found at snapshot.opera.com/unix/awesome_11.00-1094 –  lovinglinux Nov 18 '10 at 2:48
    
I do not have the said file, what now? and I do have the latest build. –  TheX Nov 18 '10 at 2:48
    
What do you get from opera:plugins ? –  lovinglinux Nov 18 '10 at 2:54
    
Added more info to my answer. –  lovinglinux Nov 18 '10 at 2:58
    
you didn't say anything about making sure I had flashplugin-installer package installed orginally... –  TheX Nov 18 '10 at 3:02

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