"Late last month, the GNU Gnash project released version 0.8.8
of its open-source flash player, which touts much better
compatibility than its predecessors with popular Flash-centric
sites, like YouTube. But how well does Gnash 0.8.8 actually work on
Ubuntu? We botched up a virtual machine in order to find out.
"For ages, Flash has been the thorn in the side of free-software
ideologues around the world. Even in 2010, when GPL-licensed
software is available for dealing with almost all kinds of video
and audio files, as well as Microsoft's proprietary document
formats, there's no alternative to Adobe's proprietary flash plugin
for users who want a stable and reliable flash experience. And
that's a problem if you're trying to build a desktop operating
system comprised entirely of Free software.
"That's why the Gnash project, whose goal is to build a fully
open-source Flash player as an alternative to Adobe's software, is
so important to the success of Ubuntu and desktop Linux in