Lightspark Flash Goes To Linux PowerPC
Written by Michael Larabel in Proprietary Software on 17 December 2010 at 09:44 AM EST. 3 Comments
It was just a few days ago that Lightspark 0.4.5 was released with a new graphics engine, but now there's already Lightspark What does this release bring? Experimental PowerPC support. Adobe only provides official Flash/SWF support for Linux on x86 and x86_64 platforms, but the open-source Lightspark now supports the PowerPC architecture too.

Linux Flash support under PowerPC isn't a major breakthrough in general. While Adobe has not provided any PPC support, the Gnash and Swfdec projects have previously worked to provide PowerPC support and their ports work to varying degrees, but now Lightspark joins the party for providing newer Flash capabilities.

Alessandro Pignotti, the lead developer of Lightspark, says though that the current Lightspark for PowerPC implementation has performance that's far from ideal when it comes to video playback. This is due to an inefficient code path being hit, but eventually that will be rewritten.

The Lightspark release announcement can be read on Alessandro's blog. This release also restores YouTube support, yet again, but doesn't really bring any other changes. Alessandro does note though that a new AMF3 parser will be merged soon to provide Local Shared Object "Flash Cookies" support.

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