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  • Gnash Continues Marching Forward Quietly

    Phoronix: Gnash Continues Marching Forward Quietly

    Jumping in with the recent releases of the open-source Lightspark Flash Player is a new release of the Gnash Flash Player. The last Gnash release was version 0.8.8 back in August, but it's now been succeeded by a new point release. The previous release delivered on VA-API video acceleration support and "100% YouTube compatibility", but this new 0.8.9 release isn't quite as exciting for most users...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTI0Mg

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    Arrrr Shivvverrrs. I was hoping the new release would support the newer versions of flash. If that was the case I would ditch the Adobe version instantly.

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    • #3
      I think the open source flash like gnash is a great stop-gap until flash can be replaced by open source and patent free html5 video tag. While these releases are nice, the news I most want to hear is Adobe actually taking steps to add WebM support to their flash player and tools. That way, the transition to html5 video tag with WebM would be easier and more likely.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Prescience500 View Post
        I think the open source flash like gnash is a great stop-gap until flash can be replaced by open source and patent free html5 video tag. While these releases are nice, the news I most want to hear is Adobe actually taking steps to add WebM support to their flash player and tools. That way, the transition to html5 video tag with WebM would be easier and more likely.
        HTML5 will be ready to replace flash once you are able to show your genitals to random internet users.

        there will be webcam support in html5 afaik.

        oh yeah and once major porn sites switch to WebM then we can get rid of it.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Prescience500 View Post
          I think the open source flash like gnash is a great stop-gap until flash can be replaced by open source and patent free html5 video tag. While these releases are nice, the news I most want to hear is Adobe actually taking steps to add WebM support to their flash player and tools. That way, the transition to html5 video tag with WebM would be easier and more likely.
          Flash will never be replaced by HTML5 video, since all HTML5 video does is display video.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by yesterday View Post
            Flash will never be replaced by HTML5 video, since all HTML5 video does is display video.
            you are kidding right?

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            • #7
              Very useful program.

              Now if Gnash only implemented WebM.
              This would give it a feature Adobe Flash Player hasn't and encourage Adobe to add WebM playback support to their Flash player.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Nevertime View Post
                you are kidding right?
                Of course he isn't. I know it's hard to believe (sarcasm), but flash used to be used for vector-based static and animated content as well. Of course the html5 canvas can nowadays also do that, but there are lots of developers who specialized in using flash for animations and flashy websites, and I doubt they will all switch to canvas right away, in part due to browser support.
                The web would be a better place if IE wasn't one of the most used browsers.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Nevertime View Post
                  you are kidding right?
                  I'm not kidding, but I am being glib.

                  What DRM mechanism does HTML5 video specify? How good is the HTML5 vdieo overlay support? How easily can it be used for animations and gui elements?

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                  • #10
                    I Just tried gnash for the first time... its actually plays youtube great. Significantly more cpu then flash but non of the glitches ive suffered under flash recently. It also plays http://amanita-design.net/samorost-1/ great. Never played any other video site i tried though.

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                    • #11
                      Huh, well. I abhore Adobe Flash but sadly too many things still rely on it. Yes, gnash and lightspark are nice things but sadly Adobe continues (like many years b4) to introduce new crap (and security problems) all the time. So the other can only follow.

                      But since it runs horrible in 64bit environments I decided to give Gnash another try. Sadly 0.8.9 did not even compile. So back to 0.8.8 which - after unneccessary quarreling about an older slotted boost lib - finally installed. Seems so-so. Some things work, others don't. I just hope some HTML5+ video system will soon be widely spread. Still leaves flash for its core capabilites, moved vector graphics and small (violent ) games.

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                      • #12
                        From the terms that you use I infer that you are using Gentoo. If you have several versions of boost installed, then uninstall all but the latest version and run revdep-rebuild. This should at least fix boot related build failures.

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                        • #13
                          Yep, I did so. Gnash was just complaining about the existance of boost 1.35. Even though it was not eselect-ed. I used equery d on it and found some packages, but afaik they only need it at compile time. So I kicked the old boost.
                          revdep-rebuild -pi did not show up anything.
                          Sadly neither Lightspark nor Gnash nor Adobe-flash work at the moment for all content so ... yeah. Neither Seamonkey nor firefox/ff-bin nor konqueror would work completely.

                          So I'll have to give it more time or use a 32bit environment.

                          Besides, probably flash caused the Windows Catalyst on W32 to give me BSODs. lol. So no flash for me this month.

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