Those of you that have a 32 bit installation of Linux Mint (or any installation of Linux Mint 13) are out of luck. You could continue to use Google Chrome beyond early March 2016 but will no longer receive updates that fix security issues. Hence Linux Mint recommends you do not continue to use Google Chrome unless you have a 64 bit installation of Linux Mint 17 or newer.
You can read their post here: https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.or ... oE6sL-p6oU
Q: What about Chromium?
A: Chromium will continue to be supported on 32 bit. Note however that the PepperFlash and Widevine plugins that you can use with Chromium (to have the latest Adobe Flash and to watch Netflix or Amazon Prime) come from the Google Chrome package and will thus no longer be supported for 32 bit Chromium.
Q: What about Firefox?
A: Users of 32 bit Firefox that are using Fresh Player plugin to use the PepperFlash plugin are similarly affected.
Q: So what Adobe Flash plugin can I use for 32 bit installations of Linux Mint 17 or newer?
A: As it stands it looks like you can only use the Adobe Flash plugin from Adobe (11.2 release). This is installed by default Linux Mint 17. Mind that Adobe will discontinue support for that from March/April 2017 (source).
Q: So what Adobe Flash plugin can I use for Linux Mint 13?
A: As it stands it looks like you can only use the Adobe Flash plugin from Adobe (11.2 release). This is installed by default Linux Mint 13. Both Adobe Flash and Linux Mint 13 will reach end of support from March/April 2017.
Q: How do I check my Linux Mint version and whether I'm using 32 bit or 64 bit?
A: If you're unsure about either, open the terminal application from your menu and type this command (capital S): inxi -S. This will show you whether you are using 32 bit or 64 bit and what version of Linux Mint.
Q: How do I remove Google Chrome?
A: You can remove Google Chrome from Software Manager. The package to remove is called google-chrome-stable (other possibilities are google-chrome-beta or google-chrome-unstable, if you have opted to install those).
You'll have to manually remove the Google Chrome software repository. To do so open Software Sources (found in the Edit menu of Software Manager). For Linux Mint 13 on the "Other Software" tab highlight the "dl.google.com/linux/chrome/..." line and remove it. For Linux Mint 17 on the "Additional Repositories" tab highlight the "Google" entry that has the "dl.google.com/linux/chrome/..." line and remove it.
If you're not using any of the other Google software repositories you can also remove the Google authentication key from Software Sources. For Linux Mint 13 on the "Authentication" tab highlight the "Google, Inc." line and remove it. For Linux Mint 17 on the "Authentication keys" tab highlight the "Google, Inc." line and remove it.
Q: How do I check which Adobe Flash plugin I'm using?
A: This works for any browser. Go to https://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/ and see the small "Version Information" box which shows which version is installed and used for this browser. If the version is higher than 11.2.x, you're using the PepperFlash plugin from Google Chrome. If the version is 11.2.x, you're using the Adobe Flash plugin from Adobe (the default on Linux Mint 13 and 17). If the "Version Information" box doesn't show up, most likely you have disabled Adobe Flash in this browser or you don't have a Adobe Flash plugin installed that this browser can use. Check by going to chrome://flash for Chromium.
Q: How do I remove PepperFlash plugin?
A: There are two steps to removing the PepperFlash plugin. Step 1 is to uninstall the PepperFlash plugin itself. Open a terminal and run this command to remove it:
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sudo update-pepperflashplugin-nonfree --uninstall
It won't give you any output unless there is an error. To check you no longer have the PepperFlash plugin installed run:
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sudo update-pepperflashplugin-nonfree --status
Step 2 is to uninstall the pepperFlash plugin installer package. Either from Software Manager remove the package pepperflashplugin-nonfree or while you're at the terminal do it with:
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apt purge pepperflashplugin-nonfree