Ubuntu 9.04 – Jaunty Jackalope AMD64 (64 bit)

I’ve finally made the jump and using the AMD64 version of Ubuntu as my primary installation.  There are a couple of tricky things to deal with, primarily with closed sourced applications such as Adobe Flash Plugin and Skype which are two applications I need to use.

How to install Adobe Flash Plugin 64 Bit for Ubuntu 9.04

A lot of the tutorials/guides online will tell you to use nspluginwrapper or similar.  Adobe has released an ‘alpha’ version of their 64 bit player which is pretty stable so far…

Download it from :-http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html

Unpack the archive and copy the only file to the Firefox plugins folder in ‘/usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins‘ :-

sudo cp libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins

How to install Skype 64 bit for Ubuntu 9.04

You would think you could just go to www.skype.com and ask for a download and it’ll be like the Adobe site detecting that you have a 64 bit system right?  Wrong (at time of writing).  Annoyingly that’ll just let you download an i386 package!

You could manually remedy this by downloading the AMD64 .deb package from :-
http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-ubuntu-amd64

Everything else?

So far the respositories have been kind to me… but i’ll update if I run into any other troubles 🙂

Voila happy 64 bit Ubuntu’ing.

8 thoughts on “Ubuntu 9.04 – Jaunty Jackalope AMD64 (64 bit)”

    1. I had to manually change my sound settings from default to ‘pulseaudio’, which gave me sound again. It depends on your system, try out various audio settings in your skype settings and use the test call/test sound feature to confirm your sound works.

  1. Jaunty comes packaged with VLC 0.99a which includes the new ffmpeg and thus RealMedia playback and all sorts of goodies but it has a bug where the video display will not separate to the interface.

    VLC Integrated Video Bug, and temporary remedy here :- https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/vlc/+bug/314038

    Forgot that with a fresh install I had to do so many other steps, remove stuff like Evolution etc, add stuff like VLC, Thunderbird, Geany, RapidSVN.

    One of the first things is also to undo the horrible change to the update notification! Read about it in the release notes :- http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/releasenotes/904

  2. Hi there:

    I installed the version as you suggested. The program looks fine, the sound’s setup is fine, the video is fine…but when I try to make a test call I receive a failure message.

  3. Thanks, this blog aided me somewhat in solving some issues with the latest release, Why do they always leave out vital information when they upgrade? It may be minor to them but not to me. I’m sure we’re not alone either.

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