How It Happened
Ubuntu 11.04 notifies about system updates being available (5-may-2012)
- update-manager shows the message, that updates can only be performed through a partial upgrade.
- this rarely happens on non beta versions, so it appeared a bit strange, put was performed anyway
- a few packages where removed, some updated, some newly installed..
- Update completed without errors ...
- but wait flash isn't working anymore, neither in chromium-browser nor in firefox
- this happened on a Ubuntu 11.04 32 system, but will pretty sure also happen with all other versions
Unsuccessful Troubleshooting Attempts:
- deinstalling anything flash installer related via the package manager (synaptic)
- downloading plugin from adobe's website, putting it in all plugin folders that are used
- it even gets displayed via about:plugins or chrome:plugins, but isn't used
2. Flash-Aid Extension For Firefox
- many forum posts are praising it to solve all flash related problems
- unfortunately it didn't change anything
- it might have worked perfectly in the past, why not anymore see explanation underneath
Succesful workaround, Only Fix At The Moment
- install google-chrome
- this is in fact right now the only solution, if you want to use the latest flash version
- Adobe is dropping Flash support for every other browser in Linux besides Google Chrome
- Google partnered up with Adobe, maybe because Android is also Linux?
- Could this be Google's move to make their browser the dominating one on Android?