Back in May this free software Flash player entered beta and at that point it supported OpenGL-based rendering, a near-complete implementation of the Adobe ActionScript 3.0 language, performance profiling and debugging capabilities, and a Flash plug-in that's compatible with Mozilla-based web-browsers. With the most recent development cycle it picked up many more features such as H.264 YouTube video support, a JIT engine that leverages the Low-Level Virtual Machine (LLVM), audio support via PulseAudio, and optimizations to the SSE2 based video packer.
Some of the other recent features committed to this open-source project are Google Chrome/Chromium browser plug-in support, sound synchronization support, fontconfig for font selection, and Mozilla Firefox Out-Of-Process Plug-In support.
Today's release of Lightspark 0.4.3 Release Candidate 1 delivers on faster rendering, reduced memory consumption, support for H.263/MP3 videos, and smoother audio and video playback. The H.263/MP3 video support is implemented using FFmpeg within Lightspark.
The Lightspark 0.4.3 RC1 release announcement can be read on the blog of Alessandro Pignotti, the lead developer of this hopeful open-source project. Source and Ubuntu PPA packages for this newest Lightspark test release can be found on Launchpad. If past Lightspark releases are any sign, the feature-set for 0.4.3 is not yet complete and with coming release candidates we will likely see new features introduced.