Flash 9 for Xubuntu (Kind-of)

When Flash 8 and 9 weren’t released for Linux, I thought, "why doesn’t someone just edit Flash’s code and change the 7 to a 9?" Turns out it’s possible. Here’s how:

1) Make a back-up of the file ~/.mozilla/firefox/pluginreg.dat:

cp ~/.mozilla/firefox/pluginreg.dat ~/.mozilla/firefox/pluginreg.dat.bak

2) Edit that file:

nano ~/.mozilla/firefox/pluginreg.dat

3) Replace the lines that say

Shockwave Flash 7.0 r63:$


Shockwave Flash 9.0 r63:$

Voila, you have Flash 9! (kind-of.) Enjoy.