Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Aug 2007 21:55 UTC, submitted by deanna
Multimedia, AV The fourth alpha release of Gnash has just been made at version 0.8.1. Gnash is a GPL'd Flash movie player and browser plugin for Firefox, Mozilla, Konqueror, and Opera. Gnash supports many SWF v7 features and ActionScript2 classes. Gnash also runs on many GNU/Linux distributions, embedded GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, non x86 processors, and 64 bit architectures. Ports to Darwin and Windows are in progress for a future release. The plugin works best with Firefox 1.0.4 or newer, and should work in any Mozilla based browser. There is also a standalone player for GNOME or KDE based desktops.
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RE: gnash vs swfdec
by Luis on Thu 30th Aug 2007 11:08 UTC in reply to "gnash vs swfdec"
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>>So how does it compare to swfdec...?

They're both quite incomplete yet. I think swfdec is more realistic by calling its version 0.5.1 than gnash calling it 0.8.1, but anyway, they're getting there gradually.

None will play smoothly flash sites, but some things do work. swfdec is in general a bit ahead and play more content correctly.

Both play youtube videos, though (it's been a priority for both projects). While both use 100% CPU on my box (P4 2.6 Ghz) swfdec plays them smoothly, while with gnash they are rather choppy. With none you can adjust the volume in the player, but at least with swfdec you get to see it correctly (gnash has a visual bug).

So I'd say that swfdec is one step ahead of gnash right now, but both need still work to be considered a decent replacement for Adobe's flash player. They progress steadily, though, so maybe in a year or even less they'll be ready to replace Adobe's player in 95% of the cases.

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