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 Ford Prefect on Thu 30th Aug 2007 21:27 UTC in reply to "Porting"
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2006-01-16

The OSS projects write portable code in first place.

Many companys have the "get it running on our reference machine, we will fix the glitches on some other machines later" attitude.

Developers need more time for really portable code (although its much easier on POSIX platforms). In a company, they want you to get the job done, and do it fast. The job is the target machine/platform, and nobody will ask you about another OS or platform because it isn't in their business plan anyway. So you use every single (non-portable) feature of the target platform that shortens your work.

But if I code for free/fun, I want to write nice/elegant code, not only fast code.

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