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: Depencencies..
by saxiyn on Thu 30th Aug 2007 03:06 UTC in reply to "Depencencies.."
saxiyn
Member since:
2005-07-08

"Compiling Boost alone on some systems takes several hours."

You don't compile Boost. What are you talking about?

Edited 2007-08-30 03:07

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RE[2]: Depencencies..
by deanna on Thu 30th Aug 2007 03:19 in reply to "RE: Depencencies.."
deanna Member since:
2006-10-01

Starting with 0.8.0, the boost libraries are required. Previously it was just the headers, which of course didn't need to be compiled. This really isn't a big deal since most OSes provide binary packages. The OpenBSD package, for instance, is a 4MB download.

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RE[2]: Depencencies..
by Vanders on Thu 30th Aug 2007 08:35 in reply to "RE: Depencencies.."
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

You don't compile Boost.


Somebody has too. For smaller projects (like Syllable) the ever-growing list of dependencies for a lot of projects creates extra work. Not only do we have to validate that things like Boost or Glib or whatever actually build and work, we have to keep our packages for this software up to date. Not to mention the increased build times imposed by dependencies.

Introducing a dependency is not free. It is especially galling when the dependency is largely unnecessary (Say, Glib. Bah!)

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RE[3]: Depencencies..
by WereCatf on Thu 30th Aug 2007 08:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Depencencies.."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Glib unnecessary? :O How come? Considering how great many apps use it I don't see it as unnecessary..And since it is a cross-platform library (even supports Windows) your app doesn't need to be modified much if at all to work on other platforms.

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RE[3]: Depencencies..
by deanna on Thu 30th Aug 2007 18:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Depencencies.."
deanna Member since:
2006-10-01

I feel your pain but consider that gnash is a desktop app and mainly used as a firefox browser plugin. Many of the dependencies should already be satisfied by your browser itself, and if not, they'll be needed eventually for other things besides gnash. Boost, for instance, is also needed by OpenOffice.Org.

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