Bricks and mortar; the occasional public thoughts of Neil Jerram

Flash for Chromium in Debian

8 April 2017 3:35 pm (flash | chromium | debian)

The BBC website apparently still requires Flash for some of its video content - specifically, for the Davis Cup doubles match against France that GB are currently playing - so I just worked out how to get Flash working in Chromium on my Debian laptop. My laptop is always following Debian 'testing', which currently maps to 'stretch', aka the future Debian 9.

neil@neil-laptop:~$ cat /etc/os-release 
PRETTY_NAME="Debian GNU/Linux 9 (stretch)"
NAME="Debian GNU/Linux"
VERSION="9 (stretch)"

A little searching was needed, because and don't cover Chromium on Debian 9/stretch; but there is Ubuntu-focussed information at, and a PPA at, that happily works for Debian 9 as well.

So with those resources, the procedure that worked for me was to:

  • wget the .deb for Xenial, from that PPA page

  • try installing it with dpkg -i, to be told that it needs jq

  • apt-get install jq

  • install the .deb with dpkg -i

  • restart Chromium.

Starting to blog

7 April 2017 0:01 am (tekuti | blogging | guile)

I sometimes have thoughts that I feel like sharing with the world. Many people use Facebook for that, but many aspects of how Facebook operates make me feel uncomfortable, so that way is definitely not for me. So here we are instead at the start of this blog.

As a long time Guile user and developer, and admirer of Andy Wingo's blog at, the blogging software of course has to be tekuti.

Well there probably isn't great wisdom in this first post, but one has to start somewhere - and then sort out styling, whether anyone can actually see it, and so on… - and this is that place.