I complained last week that there’s no Flash for Linux 64-bit. Ziobudda asked why I didn’t just install the 32-bit Firefox. Why not? I couldn’t think of any good reason. So here’s how I did it.
First of all, I wanted to use yum so I could avoid all dependency issues (not to mention it makes everything really easy). So that yum would know where to look for 32-bit Firefox distributions, I added a file named
fedora-base-i386.repo in the
/etc/yum.repos.d/ directory, including this text (thanks to this forum for the mostly correct info):
[base-i386] name=base-i386 baseurl=http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/core/4/i386/os/ gpgcheck=1 enabled=0
Having already un-installed my 64-bit Firefox, I ran the yum install for the 32-bit Firefox like so:
yum --enablerepo=base-i386 install firefox.i386
and Firefox 32-bit was installed.
One remaining problem were the old Firefox extensions in the
.mozilla/firefox/.../extensions/ directory, but I just moved them all into another folder.
Next, I downloaded Flash 7, extracted the file and ran the installer only to get the error message that Flash wouldn’t work with 64-bit architecture.
Here I found the suggestion to change the Flash installation file (
flashplayer-installer) so that it doesn’t look for i386 architecture. Under the commented line “
# check architecture” in the
flashplayer-installer file, I changed
x86_64), and it worked perfectly.