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NewsForge: Gnash, The Free Flash Player, Makes Progress

Jun 29, 2006, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)


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"The Gnash project has been developing a free software Flash player since December. Filling one of the last major gaps on the GNU/Linux desktop, it is one of the Free Software Foundation's high-priority projects. We covered the project several months ago, when compiling the code was problematic. Now that Gnash has reached the 0.7.1 version, the player is still rough, but enough has been done to give us an indication of what the final version might be like.

"Rob Savoye, the project administrator, explains that Gnash was originally based on GameSWF, a similar project. However, he stresses that, 'in it's current form, it's a new project. A lot of portability issues have been solved, so Gnash now builds and runs on many more GNU/Linux distributions and BSD variants, including 64-bit systems. This has brought Flash abilities to platforms that had none...'"

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