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  • #16
    Originally posted by Ex-Cyber View Post
    Flash seems like the next logical step in supporting common web formats, but does anyone really know where FOSS Flash support is going? Gnash and Lightspark represent both different general approaches to the problem and different sets of supported SWF features/versions (apparently with no solid plans for either to take over the "territory" of the other).
    Lightspark recommends gnash (at least on Debian) because they solve different parts of the Flash problem. I like lightspark because it supports hardware accel and plugs in to pulseaudio.
    Gnash is a lost battle, the same as Lightspark. While they are technically quite interesting and such, Adobe can advance the standard a lot faster and it's happening now with those 3D support and game developers porting to Adobe Flash.
    I don't think FOSS Flash is a lost cause any more than Mesa/Gallium3d is a lost cause just because OpenGL is advancing rapidly. Yes, there are advanced features being added to Flash, but they can be tackled once the open-source version has tackled the basic functionality.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by DanL View Post
      Lightspark recommends gnash (at least on Debian) because they solve different parts of the Flash problem. I like lightspark because it supports hardware accel and plugs in to pulseaudio.

      I don't think FOSS Flash is a lost cause any more than Mesa/Gallium3d is a lost cause just because OpenGL is advancing rapidly. Yes, there are advanced features being added to Flash, but they can be tackled once the open-source version has tackled the basic functionality.
      This can be a controversy opinion, but I think MESA is right now a lost batle.

      MESA needs to attract *A LOT MORE* developers, stablish a proper Foundation in the style of Xorg and Linux and becoming more independent from hardware manufacturers in terms of governance (contrary to Xorg, I look at you Keith Packard).

      It's a miracle FOSS is to the level is right now with the lack of developers and proper infraestructure, there are very talented people that make this to work but that's not enough as the Free/Open Software ecosystem get more complex due more complex hardware and software.

      Flash is a no go, it's losing the embedded platforms and those are being bigger in terms of users than desktop ones. HTML5 and NaCl are becoming the future standards.

      It's hilarious both FOSS Flash implementations choose different problems, then why not merge? Despite Open Source being better than propietary in those ways, we as humans have difficulties to work in teams. I lost all hopes on it, since it started in 2005 and still no functional enough.

      Individual projects tend to fail, projects without a strong infraestructure too. Look at SANE and MESA, they need a strong organization entity desesperately.
      Last edited by timofonic; 10-10-2011, 06:56 AM.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by timofonic View Post
        This can be a controversy opinion, but I think MESA is right now a lost batle.
        Lost against what or in what way? It's the only choise for Intel and older AMD hardware and it's developing fast. It's not competing agaist anything but rather providing free and open source alternative for propietary binary blops. Even if Mesa could do better it's still all there is or at least I haven't heard of altrenative open source OpenGL implentation. I just cannot see what kind of relation do you see between current state of Mesa and a lost battle. Are you saying that all developement is futile because we don't have engouh developers or some magical foundation?

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Teho View Post
          Lost against what or in what way? It's the only choise for Intel and older AMD hardware and it's developing fast. It's not competing agaist anything but rather providing free and open source alternative for propietary binary blops. Even if Mesa could do better it's still all there is or at least I haven't heard of altrenative open source OpenGL implentation. I just cannot see what kind of relation do you see between current state of Mesa and a lost battle. Are you saying that all developement is futile because we don't have engouh developers or some magical foundation?
          Well, sorry for my inaccurate English. I think I explained my idea in a wrong way.

          I meant it's still a lost battle, in the way that itīs not matching to a level of being a real alternative against propietary drivers and the progress is still too slow progressing while binary blobs are progressing faster due to a big number of high skilled devoted engineers/developers on them.

          Of course AMD and Intel are doing nice steps on this because strategic reasons, but itīs not enough. MESA is still a projectnot taken enough seriously, thatīs because the project isn't serious in terms of organization structure compared to others. Unfortunately, there are other projects with this problem too.

          What MESA and other important FOSS projects need is a Foundation, their own developers and own governance collaboating with companies and their engineers/developers.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Ex-Cyber View Post
            AMD seems to be doing about as much as realistically can be done with the coreboot team (e.g. contributing AGESA and reference/eval board support to coreboot). I doubt that we can count on much (if any) effort from most board OEMs since they apparently can't even be bothered to ship/support/document a decent stock BIOS much of the time.
            No. What we need is Coreboot to be used as the stock BIOS and be as good as or better than what the propriatary alternative would have been, if they'd used it.

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