Oct 25 2009

Ubuntu 9.10 Is Great… But WTF is with Adobe?

ubuntuadobejustwork_thumb Ubuntu 9.10 Is Great… But WTF is with Adobe?I’m not messing with an Operating System that’s got such an issue with getting a browser to work. Ubuntu us a great Operating System, but damn, it’s not supported enough.

I give props to all the people that are really pushing it and I’d love to step away from Microsoft Windows, but the fact is that Windows is supported in one form or another, this version or that and has greater support for a myriad of hardware.

My example, Ubuntu is making great strides and infiltrating portable Internet devices, but it’s almost like it’s too specific. People can’t deal with it’s complexities, nuances and command line requirements; the average user is not jumping through hoops to install FLASH. They want to click and install it…


Ubuntu likes to say the Operating System for the HUMAN; I say not quite.

ubuntuFLASH_thumb Ubuntu 9.10 Is Great… But WTF is with Adobe?

It’s supposed to be the Operating System that just works, and it’s just not.

And the ‘slap in the face’ to Ubuntu is the lack of support for the Operating System itself by other companies like Adobe.

And there’s a probably a level of understanding that’s eluding, but people want to just choose Ubuntu to install FLASH, but this isn’t the case; it’s Ubuntu version specific. From the Adobe website it’s v8.04+

Well, version 9 is out and 9.10 is getting ready to be released in 5 days and there’s no way to use the Operating System because there’s not Adobe FLASH installer.

UbunutfailedFLASHinstall_thumb Ubuntu 9.10 Is Great… But WTF is with Adobe?

From a general standpoint and just sticking with the basics, when you load Ubuntu [or any new Operating System] and start to try to use it, it’s got a lot a cool features and the GUI has improved so much in the past few years. But it’s going to require an option to do a  few things right out of the box.

1. Browse the web.

2. check email.

3. Instant Message

Ubuntu has good options for 2-3, but option one is utterly so important.

Just about anyone could switch to Ubuntu if the majority of the applications they use are web based, but at the same time FLASH is a basic requirement of the modern browser. Adobe is clearly slapping Ubuntu with this type of disregard for its position.

If Adobe can’t give Ubuntu the respect it deserves or if Ubuntu can’t find a mid-point with Adobe on their short comings, I don’t see how Ubuntu can make it in to the hands of regular users. To coin a phrase, ‘it just has to work’.


L. Henry Jr.

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  • Marc

    Calm down a bit. You posted your post four days prior to the official 9.10 update. You'll find Flash in the repositories and you'll find Adobe heere http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/thankyou/?instal

    You use a debian version of the x86.

    • Marc

      I found a solution… but the issue is it's not as easy as it should be.


      The problem is when Firefox says go here to get your plug-in and then
      when you do it doesn't work. The key is NOT to listen to the program and
      install Flash a completely different way.

      Thanks for your comments.

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  • Sid

    I've just had to install Ubuntu from the Live CD on a Dell Vista laptop that suffered from a terminal BSOD with code 0x0000C1F5 after a SP1 update. Even the Vista install disks couldn't get past the BSOD and MS's suggestion of installing XP or w2000 didn't work either. The Synaptic route to get Flash working was very easy to do but not obvious. For once, the proprietary wireless drivers worked and so did the nVidia graphics, but this has not been the case with some other machines I've put 9.10 on.
    I would say that the average user needs: Wireless, Flash, Graphics, Video and Sound, Office Stuff and Networking….in that order more or less.
    All I have to do now is to take Ubuntu off the laptop and reinstall Vista…cos that is what the users want. I got most of the data off with the Ubuntu Live CD as well…..Ubuntu is essential for recovering data from corrupted Windows operating systems even it is only nice and fun to have for the average user.
    Now, I wonder if I will get the Dell laptop up to SP2 without it blue screening again………

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