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Youtube has an awkward problem. I can not watch any videos unless I disable cookies for and it bothers me to do this.
This is probably not a Flash issue since it can be solved by configuring the browser, but I don't know if it is a Linux problem or Youtube's fault.
Does anybody else experience this or do you guys watch Youtube with no problems on Linux?

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Does it work with neither Chrome or Firefox? – Richard Sep 6 '13 at 18:57
Both have the same problem and the same solution. – user127939 Sep 6 '13 at 18:59

You may be able to solve this by deleting the YouTube cookie for Firefox and Chrome.

  • In Firefox, this is done from Edit > Preferences > Privacy > Remove Individual Cookies > [search for] "youtube"
  • In Chrome or Chromium, This can be done with img > Settings > Show Advanced Settings > Privacy > Content Settings > Cookies > Cookies and Site Data > [hover mouse over "" and click the "X" on the right hand side]
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Deleting them just once does not work. I watch just one video and it stops working again. – user127939 Sep 6 '13 at 19:31

I had a lot of problem with Firefox 25.0.1 with Ubuntu 13.04 with youtube too. But not just you tube, other sites were not working well.

What I did to solve this problem is downloading Firefox 25.0 from Mozzila Firefox 25.0 AMD 64 Fremch. Move up and down to select the appropriate version for your language and machine architecture. Do not download version 25.0.1 because I was having problem with this version too.

I don't know if the version 25.0.1 that is causing the problem because the problems I did experience may due to the Ubuntu plugins I did install. These plugins were deactivated when I started Firefox 25.0.

I did not install the Flash plugin. I am using Youtube with HTML 5. Activate Youtube HTML5

Here are the command I used to deactivate Ubuntu Firefox (25.0.1) and replace it by the new version I did install in /opt (25.0):

sudo mv /usr/bin/firefox /usr/bin/firefox_
sudo mv ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

This well, the graphical shell will start the Firefox version located in /opt.

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I did uninstall the Ubuntu extensions and the Ubuntu Firefox version 25.0.1 is working well again. – Pierre Thibault Dec 5 '13 at 0:50
Did install Flash back: sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer It seems the problem was the Ubuntu plugins. Things are working well now. – Pierre Thibault Dec 5 '13 at 0:54

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