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NewsForge: GPLFlash Lives Again

Jun 03, 2005, 04:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jem Matzan)

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"The original GPLFlash project, which was meant to bring to GNU/Linux the ability to play Macromedia Flash movies, stalled when Macromedia released a 32-bit binary Flash Player for Linux. Because of that, and because of a lack of development help, the last significant update to GPLFlash was in June 2000. But in the past year there has been a surge in developer interest in the GPLFlash project, and now it's back, with greater stability and fewer bugs. Unfortunately, it would take a complete rewrite of GPLFlash to play the vastly different Flash 6 and Flash 7 file formats. That's why GPLFlash2 is now under development, with the goal of being a fully Flash 7-compliant replacement for the restrictively licensed Macromedia Flash Player and browser plugin..."

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