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Even though I have the latest Adobe Flash player 11.2 for Linux in Firefox - ref: Flash player security doubts - a particular online flash game still requests that I update to the latest flash player.

I've tried this online game on my laptop (Windows 8 with Flash Player 11.8) and it has no problems.

Is there a way to trick Ubuntu or this game into thinking Flash Player 11.8 is "installed"?

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As you already know that latest flash player for Linux is 11.2.x. So I recommend you to use Latest Google Chrome Browser. It already come with inbuilt latest flash player. No need to install flash while you browse the internet. ;) Download chrome from here: google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser Reply if you need further assistance.. –  Saurav Kumar Sep 4 '13 at 20:38

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For Linux, the latest version of Adobe Flash Player is 11.2 which you already have. Sorry, but it cannot be updated to 11.8. Adobe provides security backports to Flash Player 11.2 for Linux.

To install the Flash plug-in on Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail), please follow this process:

  • Open a terminal window (press Ctrl + Alt + T) and copy paste this line:

    sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer 
  • When the Flash Player is installed, close the terminal window and restart your browser.

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..and since flashplugin-installer is available in the Multiverse repository, you might need to enable the repo. ..so this link should help: How do I enable the “multiverse” repository? –  precise Feb 18 '14 at 16:08
This also works on 14.04. –  dusan Aug 22 '14 at 2:46

Adobe no longer provides Flash Player updates for Linux except for security backports.
From the Abobe Flash Blog:

For Flash Player releases after 11.2, the Flash Player browser plugin for Linux will only be available via the “Pepper” API as part of the Google Chrome browser distribution and will no longer be available as a direct download from Adobe. Adobe will continue to provide security updates to non-Pepper distributions of Flash Player 11.2 on Linux for five years from its release.

You can still use the latest flash in Google Chrome or Chromium Install chromium-browserwith the 'Pepper Flash' plugin

Adobe Flash Player is directly integrated with Google Chrome and enabled by default. Available updates for Adobe Flash Player are automatically included in Chrome system updates.

You will need to install it manually in Chromium, though, see here

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Sadly, Adobe has dropped support for the GNU/Linux version of Flash Player (though security updates are still being provided). However, there are still two ways of getting newer versions.

The first is to run the Windows version through Wine, a software emulation layer designed to make Windows software work on Linux and other Unix-like systems. You'll need a Windows web browser (such as the Windows version of Firefox), with the Windows version of Flash Player.

Or, you could install Google Chrome, as it always has a recent version of Flash, even on Ubuntu. If you choose Chrome, you won't need Wine.

Update: I now know of a third way to do this: Pipelight! Pipelight was originally a browser plugin meant to use a fork of WINE to run Microsoft Silverlight. However, at some point, the developers decided to add support for Flash as well. See Here for instructions on how to install Pipelight, and enable Flash Player.

However, this method isn't perfect; if you find that your browser won't respond to your mouse, you may either switch workspaces (using you desktop's keyboard shortcuts), or switch windows (again keyboard shortcuts). Either way, when you switch back, you should be able to click again. Please note, I've only tested this with Linux Mint's Cinnamon desktop (which is forked from Gnome), and can't guarantee this will work on other desktops. If all else fails, you can switch to tty, and kill pipelight using pkill pluginloader.exe.

Update 2: I found another plugin which uses Pepper (Google Chrome) Flash Player inside other browsers (such as firefox). This plugin, known as freshplayerplugin, is a native version of Flash, so no WINE is required. Please note: although I haven't tried this method, Pepper Flash is known to have problems with DRM-Protected videos, such as those found on Amazon Prime. If you watch DRM-protected videos with Flash Player, you might want to use Pipelight.

The above link will tell you how install FreshPlayerPlugin by cloning a git repository and compiling the code yourself. Or, you can install the pepflashplugin-installer package from the skunk/pepper-flash ppa: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:skunk/pepper-flash && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install pepflashplugin-installer. See the bottom of THIS page for instructions on how to enable Chromium to use pepperflash.

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yea, on a side note, adobe are dicks. google paid the creators of wine to optimize photoshop on linux, isnt that nice of them? instead adobe repays them by stopping support of air, reader, and flash on android and linux. but its ok because soon html5 will take over –  Nick Bailuc Jul 2 '14 at 21:10

You can get the newest version of flash player to firefox. Just do the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install freshplayerplugin

This will install pepper flash(google chrome's flash player) to firefox.

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