Two approaches to Flash
Eric S. Raymond once wrote: "Shut Up And Show Them The Code". But this is not getting us anywhere as long companies are able to force restrictions upon us, the end-users. Having this in mind I'd paraphrase him and write: "Shut up and GPL the code".
After all we'll beat down the closed-source community with this bat,
In an interview with Groklaw, Richard Stallman mentions Gnash:
"The popularity of Flash has been a big problem for our community, and we've been urging people not to use Flash for anything. However, we've just about solved that problem and we're soon going to release a version of Gnash which can even handle YouTube."
And we're inching closer to solving this problem every day.
Rob was recently interviewed about Gnash for an article in the 'new technologies' section of a Spanish consumer news site.
The article discusses how flash has become commonplace, and why an open alternative to the Adobe flash player is needed. There is a brief history of Gnash and a mention of its portability. Finally, the author discusses the future of flash on mobile phones.
I finally managed to get Cygnal to compile with --pedantic --ansi and fixed some bugs.
Deanna of OpenBSD complimented the Gnash configuration: http://undeadly.org/cgi?action=article&sid=20061229112938
The full time work at 27m.com has been taking up some time, I'll catch up this weekend... ;)
Here's an article with several nice screen shots of a Gnash port to the Haiku OS.
The second alpha release of Gnash has just been made at version 0.7.2. Gnash is a GPL'd Flash movie player and browser plugin for Firefox, Mozilla, Konqueror, and Opera. Gnash supports many SWF v7 features and ActionScript2 classes. Gnash also runs on many GNU/Linux distributions, embedded GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, non x86 processors, and 64 bit architectures. Ports to Darwin and Windows are in progress for a future release. The plugin works best with Firefox 1.0.4 or newer, and should work in any Mozilla based browser. There is also a standalone player for GNOME or KDE based desktops.