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Gnash Flash Player Reaches Milestone, Not Destination

Mar 19, 2008, 22:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Gnash, the free software Flash player, has released its first beta. The new release is a milestone for both the project and the GNU/Linux desktop, which remains dependent on the proprietary Adobe player for handling Flash files (.swf). Although Flash support is not complete in version 0.8.2, Gnash has now reached the point where it is usable for the most common everyday purposes, such as watching videos on YouTube--a point that Gnash was exaggeratedly reported as having reached last June. However, in many other ordinary circumstances, Gnash's success remains hit or miss.

"Gnash arose out of the Gameswf project in the last months of 2005. It soon attracted widespread attention in the free software community, becoming a high priority project of the Free Software Foundation, an indication that it was filling one of the main gaps in free desktop functionality..."

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