Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Aug 2007 06:08 UTC, submitted by Kaj de Vos
Syllable, AtheOS Kelly Wilson ported the Gnash Flash player clone to Syllable [screenshot], enabling the playing of Adobe Flash content. It uses the Boost C++ libraries, the SDL and Anti-Grain Geometry libraries for graphics rendering and FFMPEG for multimedia decoding. Work on the player is continuing to add the FreeType library and make the player native to Syllable, so it can be integrated in the web browser. Also, on some Adobe Flash news, an upcoming update will be supporting native h.264 videos, HE-AAC audio support, as well as hardware accelerated, multi-core enhanced full screen video playback.
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Slightly off-topic
by Simon Gray on Tue 21st Aug 2007 15:47 UTC
Simon Gray
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2006-06-04

I can't wait till either Gnash or swfdec becomes mature enough to be included by default on all of the free OSes. If it works for 90-95% of uses (basic YouTube playback represents a large part of that) it's probably ready. Then users of free operating systems don't have to depend on a proprietary plugin anymore which so many of us do right now.

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RE: Slightly off-topic
by Doc Pain on Tue 21st Aug 2007 16:22 in reply to "Slightly off-topic"
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

"I can't wait till either Gnash or swfdec becomes mature enough to be included by default on all of the free OSes. If it works for 90-95% of uses (basic YouTube playback represents a large part of that) it's probably ready. Then users of free operating systems don't have to depend on a proprietary plugin anymore which so many of us do right now."

I completely agree. Personally, I don't like "Flash" because it's not a standard, there are better (but not very well known) alternatives and still very proprietary. But even if it stays proprietary, along with the development of a free alternative conforming to the "Flash" formats, "Flash" could get a standard. In the same way as web browsers render HTML source nearly the same way, interpret JavaScript the same way, support Java applets the same way, these web browsers could contain "Flash" playing functionalities by default (using the concept of pluggable modules). This would make web pages accessible in a better way, especially for disabled (e. g. blind) people who usually see nothing when they enter a web page which has any content blocked by improper "Flash" use. (Possible conclusion: Web pages that do force you to use nonstandard software to view them may be not worth looking at them.) On the other hand, if people would use free alternatives (such as OGG/Vorbis or OGG/Theora), the actual problems (or uncomfortabilities) with the use of "Flash" would not occur. May I assume the worst solution prevails here, as usual?

Furthermore, I hope web browsers will be more strict in interpreting HTML content, say, displaying nice errors or nothing if a web page does not contain valid HTML. This would force the providers / authors of the web pages to use HTML as it is intended and recommended. Just test your (or the average user's) favourite web pages using the W3C's validator... surprise surprise... :-)

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RE[2]: Slightly off-topic
by snozzberry on Tue 21st Aug 2007 23:37 in reply to "RE: Slightly off-topic"
snozzberry Member since:
2005-11-14

Furthermore, I hope web browsers will be more strict in interpreting HTML content, say, displaying nice errors or nothing if a web page does not contain valid HTML. This would force the providers / authors of the web pages to use HTML as it is intended and recommended. Just test your (or the average user's) favourite web pages using the W3C's validator... surprise surprise... :-)


They already do that -- if the webserver sends them as "application/xhtml+xml" rather than "text/html". Unsurprisingly, only one browser is incapable of displaying webpages using this MIMEtype.

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RE[3]: Slightly off-topic
by spikeb on Wed 22nd Aug 2007 12:27 in reply to "RE: Slightly off-topic"
spikeb Member since:
2006-01-18

I agree, but the inclusion of h.264 just made this a lot harder once the free flash players implement its playback.

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