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Mozilla Pushes "Shumway" Flash Into Firefox

Mozilla

Published on 03 October 2013 06:04 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Mozilla
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Mozilla has pushed their open-source "Shumway" Flash/SWF player into the latest Firefox nightly builds.

Mozilla's Shumway project began last year as an open-source SWF run-time that consists of a JavaScript interpreter for various versions of the ActionScript bytecode, Shumway Core that does file format parsing and an event system, and uses HTML5 technologies for efficiently rendering the SWF file format without native code support.

Shumway has now landed in the latest Firefox nightly builds ahead of Firefox 27. Mozilla isn't enabling Shumway by default right now but it's just a matter of setting it up through the about:config page. Shumway right now can handle many Flash applications and such, but not many commercial applications at this time.

It's good to see Mozilla Shumway moving along swiftly when many other open-source Flash projects are moving slowly and not seeing new releases.

Confirmation of Shumway landing in Firefox -- along with additional information -- can be found via this blog post.

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