Flash plugin bug on Ubuntu (clicking not working)
If you use a proprietary Flash plugin on Ubuntu and your mouse clicks often wont work you're experiencing a bug which seems to be quite common. Fortunately, there is an open bug report for it with a few workarounds to try before the actual fix is implemented:
So here the bug and workarounds.
For example on youtube, whilst it recognises my mouse moving over various buttons, actual mouse clicks are not recognised. I can navigate using 'tab' but this is very painful. I can also right click. The problem doesn't occur with other flash players, e.g. swfdec-mozilla.
WORKAROUND 1: Disable compiz
WORKAROUND 2: Remove flashplugin-nonfree / flashplugin-installer and install from adobe
WORKAROUND 3: Open a terminal and enter:
gksudo gedit /usr/lib/nspluginwrapper/i386/linux/npviewer
Then add: export GDK_NATIVE_WINDOWS=1 before the last line of text
Note: Chrome & Chromium are now working fine without workaround
These workaround's have been verified to work for some users. We don't need verification of whether or not they work for you.
The third workaround worked for me. Hopefully this gets fixed by the time Lucid Lynx comes out.