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Adobe just released the 3rd beta of their Flash Player 10.1 plugin.

To install this latest version in Linux, simply paste this in a terminal:

1. Download:
wget http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashplayer10/flashplayer10_1_p3_linux_022310.tar.gz
tar -xvf flashplayer10_1_p3_linux_022310.tar.gz

2. Install Flash Player 10.1 Beta 3

Installing Flash Player 10.1 Beta 3 manually depends on the package you used. For example, in Ubuntu you could have installed Flash Player from the repositories or directly by downloading a .deb from Adobe website.

But fear not, it's very easy to find out which you used and where to copy the Flash Player plugin file. Simply paste the following two lines in a terminal:
ls /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/
ls  /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/

One of the two commands above will have the output of "libflashplayer.so" and the other one "Cannot access ... No such file or directory". Of course, the command with the "libflashplayer.so" output is the right one so copy that path and use it for the next command. If for instance the libflashplayer.so was found in "/usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/", run the following commands to install the new Beta 3:
sudo mv /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/libflashplayer.so.old
sudo cp libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/

The first command above will make a backup of the libflashplayer.so file in case you want to revert this upgrade and the second command will copy the recently downloaded Flash Player 10.1 beta 3 to the right folder.