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 s-peter on Thu 30th Aug 2007 01:20 UTC in reply to "Porting"
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2006-01-29

It's not so much that they have trouble but they don't do it simply because it's not profitable for them. For example, spending an additional 10-20% or more to deliver a Linux port is not worth for getting maybe 3-5% additional customers (numbers are just examples). It's even worse for 64bit versions as practically any user can just run the 32bit version (no additional customers). However, both may change as/if the adaption rate for 64bit platforms and alternative OSes increase. (As the shift to 64bit architectures is evident, I'd expect most vendors to release 64bit versions from the next major versions of their software, but not spend any additional money to deliver 64bit versions of existing apps unless it significantly increases performance for that app.)

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