dstiles - 8:12 pm on Oct 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
pp46 - flash may be turned off in one of the security tabs? It is in all my browsers but that's my deliberate policy from way back; I have no idea what the current default settings are.
As noted above - I run FF3.6 in Unbuntu and there is no problem viewing sites - although the only google section I use now is their Base (ex-froogle) panel. I no longer use them for searching and have never had any other of their apps.