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Gnash Flash Player Still Advancing, But No New Release

Free Software

Published on 30 July 2013 12:53 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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Gnash, the Free Software Foundation project to have an open-source implementation of Adobe's Flash/SWF run-time, hasn't seen a release in almost exactly one and a half years. While it's been 18 months without a new release, development continues and there's been a number of features committed.

The Gnash 0.8.10 release arrived last February with new features. Since then, development has continued with Git commits occurring frequently, but there hasn't been a new tagged release. It's a bit of a surprise given that Adobe Flash is still widely used and Gnash is considered a "high priority" FSF project.

In digging through the Git log since the 0.8.10 release, among the changes currently sitting for the yet-to-be-planned 0.8.11 release include:

- IPv6 support. There's also IPv4 improvements.

- Support for modern GCC compiler releases. LLVM Clang compiler updates are also included.

- C++11 compilation mode support.

- Fixes/changes for handling the latest FFmpeg and libav libraries.

- Continued Google Android enablement work and as part of that making OpenGL ES 1 (GLES1) support work.

- Various bug-fixes. Some items in particular include stability fixes for parsing and image handling along with when Gnash is serving as a NPAPI plug-in.

The latest Git activity for the open-source Gnash Flash Player can be found via savannah.gnu.org. Meanwhile, two other interesting open-source Flash projects are Lightspark and Shumway.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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