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: Porting
by abraxas on Thu 30th Aug 2007 19:24 UTC in reply to "Porting"
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2005-07-07

Why does it seem like every oss project is able to port their code to other platforms, or even extensions such as 64bit, but the proprietary companies such as adobe have trouble porting to just 64bit windows?

A lot of proprietary code is crufty and old due to backwards compatibility. Free software code is usually cleaner and refactored more often. In addition to cleaner code free software always has someone who wants an application bad enough on their platform to port it themselves.

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