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Gnash 0.8.8: A Huge Improvement Over Previous Versions

Aug 29, 2010, 23:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Caitlyn Martin)

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"Back in June I wrote about Adobe dropping support for Flash Player on 64-bit Linux. Since the existing version of the 64-bit Linux Flash client had a serious security vulnerability staying with the last release isn't really an option. I also wrote about the various ways to get around the problem, none of which were entirely satisfactory. At the time the developers of SalixOS, a Slackware derivative with a 64-bit build, chose to add Gnash, an FOSS alternative to Flash, to their repository. They also configured the repository to have the automated updates available in that distribution replace Flash with Gnash 0.8.7.

"I found Gnash 0.8.7 to be more than a bit problematic. In general it worked on something less than half the websites I tried which required Flash. YouTube videos worked exactly once. If you tried to watch a second video you received this message: "An error occured, please try again later". The workaround was to prevent YouTube from setting cookies or clearing your browser of all YouTube cookies between videos. Finally, Gnash 0.8.7 was incredibly resource hungry, often driving my CPU to 100% usage and bringing things on my system to a crawl."

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