We're expecting to do a new release of Gnash within a couple of days. Please fetch and compile gnash-trunk-9980 as it is very likely to be the release.
Firefox allows you to install extensions and plugins with a single click on an XPI file. We're working feverishly on getting this technology into Gnash. We have a technology demo for Ubuntu Hardy users. With one click you can install gnash into Firefox. Please give it a try and let us know how it works for you. You can uninstall using the Tools/Add-ons menu item.
Due to Igor Žbül, owner of gnash.org, we now have a link from his site to gnashdev.org. Thanks, Igor!
So Google recently released a browser called Chrome, making it ever easier for them to deliver advertisements to your computer screen. But more interestingly, its components are released under various free licenses. They have opened up a rather sizeable repository littered with (third party) Windows binaries -- in case you might want to link against them, I guess (?) -- and a source code drop.
The interesting bit about the source code drop is that it also has various support libraries, among which is one called "Skia". Its main purpose appears to be graphics rendering. The good news does not end here, because the rendering appears to be a scanline-based system. Scanline based renderers are -- as of writing -- the fastest renderers around. The Antigrain library, which happens to be Gnash's default renderer, is also a scanline renderer.
The first beta release of Gnash has just been made at version 0.8.2. Gnash is a GPL'd SWF movie player and browser plugin for Firefox, Mozilla, and Konqueror. Gnash supports many SWF v7 features and ActionScript 2 classes. with growing support for SWF v8 and v9. 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.
February 20th, 2008
Posted by Seth Schoen, EFF
The immense popularity of sites like YouTube has unexpectedly turned Flash Video (FLV) into one of the de facto standards for Internet video. The proliferation of sites using FLV has been a boon for remix culture, as creators made their own versions of posted videos. And thus far there has been no widespread DRM standard for Flash or Flash Video formats; indeed, most sites that use these formats simply serve standalone, unencrypted files via ordinary web servers.