July 10, 2011

64bit Google Chrome with Flash on Fedora – Take2

Filed under: adminstration,linux,usability — jonEbird @ 10:08 am

Early last year I wrote up my procedure on getting Chrome setup with Flash on a 64bit Fedora Core 13 build. It is now dated and I hope people are not still using it. However, if you like the copy & paste style of my direct installation guidelines, I thought I’d give an updated post after a recent Fedora Core 15 install.

First things first, we still need to create new Yum repositories like we did last time. The biggest difference between last time is I would no longer recommend installing the beta build of Chrome and Adobe has moved the 64bit flash player out of a lab project to an official release. The fine folks working on the Fedora project have lend their help in instructing people on how to setup Flash as well and you may want to check that page for a more detailed explanation on what we’re doing. In particular, I’ll be using a repository which is being hosted by Fedora member leigh123linux.

Here is the final copy & paste version: (Like last time, if you are already root, take out the “sudo”)

# Creating the Google repo
cat <<\EOF | sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/google.repo
name=Google - x86_64
# Slip this guy in here... who doesn't want the gchat plugin?
cat <<\EOF | sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/google-talkplugin.repo
# Now to install the latest flash release yum repo from "leigh123linux"
latest_release=$(wget -qO- $leighURL |\
sed -n '/flash-release/s/^<LI><A HREF="\([^"]*\)".*$/\1/p' | sort -n | tail -1)
sudo yum -y localinstall --nogpgcheck ${leighURL}${latest_release}
# Actually installing Chrome and the Flash player
sudo yum -y install google-chrome-stable google-talkplugin flash-plugin
# Creating a plugins directory
[ ! -d /opt/google/chrome/plugins ] && sudo mkdir /opt/google/chrome/plugins
sudo ln -s /usr/lib64/flash-plugin/ /opt/google/chrome/plugins/

If you noticed, I slipped in the Google chat plugin. That is the necessary RPM for enabling video chat. If you really didn't want it installed, simply run "sudo yum erase flash-plugin". Enjoy your surfing.