Gnash 0.8.9 Released!

Open Media Now! and the Gnash community are happy to announce the release of Gnash 0.8.9. Gnash the GNU Flash player is a free/libre SWF movie player, with all the source code released under GPLv3. Gnash is available as both a standalone player and also as a browser plugin for Firefox (and all other Gecko based browsers), Chromium and Konqueror.

Currently Gnash has been ported to most GNU/Linus distros, embedded GNU/Linux, *BSD, non x86 architectures - ARM, MIPS, PowerPC, and even 64 bit processors. And yes, Gnash plays Youtube!!

The last few months have been pretty eventful, and Gnash has made several important advances.

Improvements since 0.8.8 release are:

* Avoid drawing operations when the window is obscured, including when Gnash is used as a plugin, starting with Firefox 4.0 (GTK GUI).
* NPAPI plugin: fix relative urls resolution in presence of tag and "base" parameter; improved robustness and compatibility with chromium browser. Avoid blocking the parent process.
* Support SWF with embedded ScreenVideo when using FFMPEG or gstreamer-ffmpeg >= 0.10.12.
* Fixed playback of uncommon MPEG4 streams when using GStreamer.
* Fix playback of SWF-embedded ADPCM audio when using Gstreamer.
* Fix playback of SWF-embedded PCM audio when using FFMPEG.
* Fixes for several crashes, with better automated testing of the entire ActionScript API for input sanitization.
* Improved ActionScript performance processing, especially for interactive applications.
* Improved SWF8 support with BitmapData.draw, BitmapData.loadBitmap, and other bitmap functions.
* Re-entrant core libraries. Now Gnash is no longer dependent on a singleton Virtual Machine and Garbage Collector.
* RTMP remoting support.
* Support for PNG and GIF files in all DefineBitsJpeg tags; support
for DefineBitsJpeg4 tags, and fix display of some GIFs with multiple records.
* Restore support for mingw32.
* dump-gnash: improved speed, sync and flexibility.
* JPEG screenshot output.
* Support for linear RGB interpolation mode in gradient fills.
* Clipboard setting (GTK only).
* More flash.geom.Rectangle functions.
* Improved OpenBSD compatibility.

You can grab the Gnash sources from http://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/gnash/0.8.9, or from Gnash Git using the release_0_8_9 branch. Experimental binary packages built by the Gnash team are also available at http://www.getgnash.org/packages, along with source snapshots. Binary packages for Debian or RPM based systems will be available from your GNU/Linux distribution, and from whatever BSD variant you are using.

Questions about Gnash or offers of help can to to the developer's email list at gnash-dev@gnu.org. Free software doesn't exist without your support, for donation information, go to http://www.openmedianow.org/?q=node/32.