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    Phoronix: Open-Source Flash Player Continues To Advance

    While Adobe is no longer actively developing their Flash Player plug-in for Linux, the open-source Lightspark Flash Player alternative continues to advance. Lightspark 0.7.0 was released today...

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

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    Adobe _is_ developing flash for Linux, just not thru the old interface, hence FF is stuck at flash v. 11.2. However, Chrome on Linux ships with the latest flash Version: 11.4.31.110.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by mark45 View Post
      Adobe _is_ developing flash for Linux, just not thru the old interface, hence FF is stuck at flash v. 11.2. However, Chrome on Linux ships with the latest flash Version: 11.4.31.110.
      No, not Adobe - Google took over development of Flash 4 Linux - as far as I know.

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      • #4
        Now if only it worked on YouTube, instead of displaying the "loading dots" at the bottom of the applet and nothing else.
        Though it's been a while since I tested it, perhaps there were some updates...

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        • #5
          Sorry, I never heard of this Project, so my knowledge is limited.

          I think ALL Open-Source Browsers should adapt and support this project, and implement in their browser.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by sgtGarcia View Post
            No, not Adobe - Google took over development of Flash 4 Linux - as far as I know.
            No, Google just agreed to implement the new (and better I guess) API thru which flash integrates with the browser which is called the ppapi. No other browser on Linux supports this api hence only Chrome has access to the newer versions of flash.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mark45 View Post
              No, Google just agreed to implement the new (and better I guess) API thru which flash integrates with the browser which is called the ppapi.
              It's the other way around - Google created PPAPI, which is pretty much a wrapper around NaCl, and then Adobe made a new version of Flash which uses that instead of implementing all the low level stuff (hooks into the platform's graphics and audio frameworks and such) in the plugin itself like the NPAPI version of Flash does.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Gusar View Post
                It's the other way around - Google created PPAPI, which is pretty much a wrapper around NaCl, and then Adobe made a new version of Flash which uses that instead of implementing all the low level stuff (hooks into the platform's graphics and audio frameworks and such) in the plugin itself like the NPAPI version of Flash does.
                No, it's the other way around, Google created the api, looked around, talked to Adobe and they agreed to implement it in their products and make them work together.
                Point is, Adobe creates new versions of flash for Linux which are available on browsers which support the ppapi, which is only Chrome. Wikipedia is wrong on this issue, like Michael, who keeps suggesting Adobe discontinued support on Linux.

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                • #9
                  NO NO NO !!!! It's another way around !!!!


                  GOOGLE goes for World Domination , they got together with Adobe, paid them off to make a screwed up 11.2.whatever version with blue people to screw up all browsers except Chrome and then they jointly made that up about the API problem to freeze that version, meanwhile, NVIDIA , no less than savior of LINUX World (HAIL TO NVIDIA, you peasants !!!! ) , made a work around to clean the Adobe mess !!!!


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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mark45 View Post
                    No, it's the other way around, Google created the api, looked around, talked to Adobe
                    How is that different from what I said?

                    Your first post was different, as if Adobe was first with a new plugin, then Google implemented the API.

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                    • #11
                      What's the status of Gnash?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by frign View Post
                        What's the status of Gnash?
                        Slow? There hasn't been a release for 7 months now, and their website hasn't been updated for more than a year...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by frign View Post
                          What's the status of Gnash?
                          Gnash displays youtube videos, including HD. It is capable to play flash animations and games if they do not rely on new version of actionscript.
                          Around ~80% flash movies and ~50% with flash games. However sometimes it fails to run "player" applications, which render gnash for web videos or audio useless.

                          OpenGL frontend is broken on nvidia binary, pango backend is half-broken - yet uses very low CPU. The standard backend is good, but is highly cpu intensive, around 1.5x of blob flash.

                          Originally posted by mark45 View Post
                          Adobe _is_ developing flash for Linux, just not thru the old interface, hence FF is stuck at flash v. 11.2. However, Chrome on Linux ships with the latest flash Version: 11.4.31.110.
                          Adobe delivers Falsh only via PPAPI, so its not for linux, but for PPAPI.

                          As official site says, version 11.2 is the last supported on Linux.
                          Last edited by crazycheese; 10-28-2012, 05:11 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
                            Slow? There hasn't been a release for 7 months now, and their website hasn't been updated for more than a year...
                            There is sporadic activity in the repo, though, so at least It's not like it's stood still for those 7 months.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
                              Slow? There hasn't been a release for 7 months now, and their website hasn't been updated for more than a year...
                              Official flashplayer license forces anyone using it to accept it and forbids anyone from writing compatible client.
                              Even if one installs player, this is sufficient to prevent him from working on gnash. This is proprietary at its best.

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