Spotlight on Gnash

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Spotlight on Gnash
Wed, 2007-08-01 00:50 — dcp

Blue GNU interviews Rob Savoye, of the Gnash project, to provide readers an understanding of the project - how it began and where it is heading.

When and why was Gnash started?

Gnash initially was started as an embedded Flash player for a digital stereo system about 3 years ago. Then John Gilmore asked me if I'd be interested in turning it into a desktop plugin for Firefox, which I did. That attracted attention to the Gnash project, which has been under heavy development since. My main reason for starting Gnash was it seemed a great solution for embedded user interfaces for CE devices. That and it was getting impossible to navigate the web without a flash plugin, as I have always refused to install the proprietary one.

Making Gnash: a well-deserved name?

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By Mitch Meyran

Gnash is the Free Software Foundation’s alternative Adobe Flash player. Version 0.8 is the third alpha release, and frankly, it rocks! It is also one of the first projects to be covered by the GPLv3.

About Gnash
Some history

Originally based on GameSWF, it is a reimplementation of Macromedia/Adobe Flash version 7, with some stuff from Flash 8/9 added. It is, right now, the most advanced free software implementation of Flash. And, as a matter of fact, it actually works well in many cases.

Hunter S Thompson reborn..?

Nah, it's just me doing a coincidental look-alike.

Gnash GPLv3

Gnash has now switched to the GPLv3 license, see for more info. adds initial ATI/AMD Radeon r500 support

A little over a week ago, the r500 reverse engineering project announced its first release. The driver is not yet functional and doesn't yet support the X1800 and above, but support is expected soon.

Why is this important to Gnash? Because a lot of people are interested in hardware OpenGL acceleration for Gnash graphics. Unfortunately, many recent 3D cards cannot be used with free software drivers, which is why some of our developers shy away from developing Gnash using the OpenGL backend.

Gnash 0.8.0 release made

The third alpha release of Gnash has just been made at version
0.8.0. 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.

Meeting RMS on a not that shiny thursday...

Today I met Richard Stallman himself and a representative from FSF Europe, before he was giving a speech. To be honest Stallman had a though crowd during his speech on Copyright. Great guy, great mind, great logic. Really interesting and encouraging although some of the crowd seemed not to get his harsh criticism of the big companies and Digital Restriction Management. He also pointed out differences between Free Software (Free as in Freedom) and Open Source Software (Do you as me see a connection to Eric S. Raymond here? ;)).

Gnash plays YouTube, Lulu TV

In recent CVS, Gnash will play YouTube and Lulu TV video flash movies. Although there are still bugs to fix, the basic functionality (i.e., video playback :)) is there.

This is our main criterium for the next Gnash release, so after video playback has stabilised, we will be releasing a new Gnash.

Gnash running on OS X

Last night I added OGL support for OS X and fixed some build issues, now it's up 'n running albeit you must start X11 first.

A home

Oh, gimme a home where the buffalo roam... Where the deer and the antelope play. Where seldom is heard a discouraging word. And the skies are not cloudy all day... or just a shot of Whiskey and Xanax would do just fine...

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