Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Sep 2009 19:17 UTC
Internet Explorer Earlier this week, Google launched Chrome Frame, a plugin for Internet Explorer 6/7/8 which replaces the Trident rendering engine with Chrome's rendering and JavaScript engine for better performance and superior standards compliance. Microsoft has responded to this release, claiming it makes Internet Explorer less secure. Note: What database category do I put this in? Internet Explorer? Google? Choices, choices!
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Speaking of plugins ...
by lemur2 on Fri 25th Sep 2009 00:32 UTC
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As it keeps improving, Gnash is slowly becoming a viable alternative to Adobe's flash plugin:

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=NzU1Ng

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=NzU1MA

... at least for browser that can use it.

The second link, whereby Gnash might gain "H.264 VA-API GPU Video Acceleration For Flash" would I believe allow Gnash running on an open source OS to play h.264 video via the hardware facilities of the video card.

Since end users who have a compatible video card have already paid money for said card, wouldn't that mean that said users have paid for any royalties that the card is encumbered with, and hence have a leagl right to use the codecs implemented on the card regardless of what OS they actually run?

As far as I can see, this seems to be a legal way to play h.264 video on Linux systems without any threat of lawsuit for patent infringements.

Now all we need is for the Chrome Frame plugin to offer the same. Perhaps using this method (i.e. incorporating elements of Gnash code into the Chrome Frame plugin, and also including a Theora decoder) embedded into the Chrome Frame plugin, as well as HTML5 sites it can also render Flash sites without requiring an Adobe plugin, so one doesn't have to have a plugin for one's plugin.

Edited 2009-09-25 00:36 UTC

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