GNU Gnash Screenshots and Review
KhanReaper (Matt T. Proud) — 20060812 GNU Gnash is an open source implementation of Adobe's Flash Player and its rendering technology. Although its source code originated from other open source projects, most particularly gameswf, the entire code base is a clean-room implementation of Flash, I believe. While I have not examined the intellectual property ramifications of its development, I would be interested in knowing more—particularly with respect to genericness of what Flash provides and whether Adobe holds first to file or first to invent status with Flash's concepts.
These screenshots were taken from a CVS build of Gnash from 20060812 source code, running and compiled natively on an AMD64 environment using Linux. The Flash video is Sloth TV from Newgrounds.com, which is quite pervertedly amusing, might I add.
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Although Adobe has plans to release Flash 9 for Linux soon, this software package should be examined. Just consider for a minute that GNU Gnash has an innumerable amount of nice features and properties. An inexhaustive list of them is provided below:
* sound is off by default with the web browser plugin;
Still given that GNU Gnash does not have the budget and development team that Adobe has, there are bound to be a few problems with Gnash. Some of these problems and other considerations are listed below:
* movies that have download progress markers must be explicitly told to restart in order for the movie to play, as the waiting and downloading animation for the Flash video would continue indefinitely otherwise;
I created a rudimentary Debian package that pulls the source from CVS and builds it. The package is very poor quality, but it works. There are two binary packages (i.e., ones that do not build from source, as the aforementioned statement implies): Gnash and the web browser plugin.
* gnash_0.1+cvs20060812.1138_i386.deb - Ubuntu Dapper Drake i386
First, install the Gnash package and then install the web browser plugin. Make sure that OpenGL functions correctly, as I built these binaries to use it instead of Cairo. The packages will complain if there are any missing dependencies, so apt-get -f install will become your best friend.