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    Resolved Firefox and Ubuntu

    Hey folks, got a problem with Firefox crashing when using Ubuntu. I know Jackal wrote about this, but I cannot find that thread and I cannot recall the outcome. This is an overclocked computer, and I lowered the speed some but still get random crashes to desktop. Very annoying, seems to happen when java is being used, such as my embarq webmail client. Thanks in advance, SC.

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    Re: Firefox and Ubuntu

    The problems I had were w/ flash, can you go to aboutlugins in a firefox window and post the results?

    hmm... this is showing as resolved, did you fix it?

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    Re: Firefox and Ubuntu

    Thanks, this is only with Linux. I can look up pluggins and follow up. Resolved ? Where do you see that ?

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    Re: Firefox and Ubuntu

    There is a green light next to the title that says it's resolved.

    I'm wondering which version of flash you have. If you could post the results of ''about:plugins'' typed into a browser address bar it would help.


    it'll look something like this

    File name: libflashplayer.so
    Shockwave Flash 9.0 r124

    MIME Type Description Suffixes Enabled
    application/x-shockwave-flash Shockwave Flash swf Yes
    application/futuresplash FutureSplash Player spl Yes

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    Re: Firefox and Ubuntu

    Shockwave Flash

    File name: libflashplayer.so
    Shockwave Flash 9.0 r115

    MIME Type Description Suffixes Enabled
    application/x-shockwave-flash Shockwave Flash swf Yes
    application/futuresplash FutureSplash Player spl Yes

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    Re: Firefox and Ubuntu

    I've had 'lockups' with Firefox 2.0.0.13 on Windows and in OS X; on my Linux rigs I use IceWeasel which uses the same gecko engine as Firefox, but so far no crashes or lockups.
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    Re: Firefox and Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by supercat View Post
    Shockwave Flash

    File name: libflashplayer.so
    Shockwave Flash 9.0 r115

    MIME Type Description Suffixes Enabled
    application/x-shockwave-flash Shockwave Flash swf Yes
    application/futuresplash FutureSplash Player spl Yes
    I had tons of crashes using r115, you need to updated to r124.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

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    Re: Firefox and Ubuntu

    Thanks, ran the script and this is what I received:

    Download done.
    md5sum mismatch install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz
    The Flash plugin is NOT installed.

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    Re: Firefox and Ubuntu

    You'll probably have to run sudo apt-get update first. Then try running sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree.

    If a new version gets released you'll have to run an update on your computer before you'll be able to install it since your computer will have the old MD5SUM in cache.

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    Re: Firefox and Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by supercat View Post
    Very annoying, seems to happen when java is being used, such as my embarq webmail client. Thanks in advance, SC.
    Is it Java or JavaScript?

    Mozilla have just released a bug fix that addresses stability issues in the previous release with JavaScript causing crashes:

    http://www.mozilla.org/security/anno...sa2008-20.html

    You can get it via automatic updates or from your distro as and when they release it.

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    Re: Firefox and Ubuntu

    Seems to have subsided as I have not had a Firefox crash in several days, on any of my computers running Ubuntu. I always install the updates when prompted. I am guessing it is javascript ? The embarq mail client is what I suspect is triggering it. I will try what Spankin suggested above. This is the only unstable app I have come across in Linux but it is also the one I use the most. Trying to make the change over to 95% Linux, and some day 100% once games are supported more.

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    Re: Firefox and Ubuntu

    SP, ran those scripts but I still get flashplugin-nonfree is already the newest version.

    but mine is

    Shockwave Flash 9.0 r115

    this is on the desktop, my laptop says r124

    sorry for the confusion, just wonder why it won't update.

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    Re: Firefox and Ubuntu

    I guess that's because the repositories that you are using have not upgraded to R124 yet. So your two options are to either edit your /etc/atp/sources file to add a repository that has the latest version.

    Or you can manually download it and install it by hand. The only problem with this (other then a bit more work), is that you'll have to manually update it again if another update comes available.

    Actually come to think about it, there's also a third option too. Come Wednesday, a new version of Ubuntu is being released. Ubuntu 8.04 probably will have the latest flash player available along with Firefox 3. If you wait till then, the update manager will give you the option to upgrade your entire system to 8.04. I'm going to try it out on my laptop and I'll let you know how the upgrade went after I try it for a day or so.

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    Re: Firefox and Ubuntu

    Sounds good, let us know how it goes. Thanks for all your help !

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    Re: Firefox and Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Spankin Partier View Post
    I guess that's because the repositories that you are using have not upgraded to R124 yet.
    That would be a worry. Platform independent vulnerabilities like this are all the rage atm... Flash, Java etc, as everyone uses them regardless of browser, OS etc. Luckily for us, at present most of the payloads delivered when exploiting vulnerabilities in such applications are still Windows based, but that won't last for ever.

    Adobe does actually have it's own repo's where you can get updates directly. I'm not sure for Ubuntu/apt, but I have their RPM repo set up directly in my distro:

    Code:
    $ rpm -qi flash-plugin-9.0.124.0-release
    Name        : flash-plugin                 Relocations: (not relocatable)
    Version     : 9.0.124.0                         Vendor: Adobe Systems Inc.
    Release     : release                       Build Date: Tue 25 Mar 2008 04:21:32 PM GMT
    Install Date: Wed 09 Apr 2008 11:49:18 PM BST      Build Host: fplayerbuild2-lnx.macromedia.com
    Group       : Applications/Internet         Source RPM: flash-plugin-9.0.124.0-release.src.rpm
    Size        : 8161247                          License: Commercial
    Signature   : DSA/SHA1, Wed 02 Apr 2008 02:44:13 PM BST, Key ID 3a69bd24f6777c67
    Packager    : Adobe Systems Inc.
    URL         : http://www.adobe.com/downloads/
    Summary     : Adobe Flash Player 7.0
    Description :
    Adobe Flash Plugin 7.0.68
    Fully Supported: Mozilla 1.0+, Netscape 7.x, Firefox 0.8+
    Partially Supported: Opera, Konqueror 3.x

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