Gnash 0.8.5 released

Gnash 0.8.5 Released!

The fourth beta release of Gnash has just been made at version
0.8.5. Gnash is a GPLv3'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. There are also standalone players for GNOME or KDE
based desktops.

Improvements since the 0.8.4 release are:

* Cygnal media server alpha release!
* New MIT-SHM and XVideo support for better performance.
* Due to better XML parsing compatibility and a minor fix to
NetConnection, many more video sites work than in the last
* Support for saving all streamed (FLV, H264, MP3 etc) and loaded
(JPEG, SWF, PNG, GIF) media to disk.
* Basic GUI warning messages when media decoding fails (usually missing codecs).
* Support for new codecs keeps YouTube support up to date.
* Added support for FLV parsing and decoding of H.264 video and AAC audio.
* Scaled video smoothing implemented in AS and in default renderer
(AGG). YouTube video looks better when Gnash is running with
high quality or better.
* Support for _quality implemented with user-specified
override. (Presently only affects video smoothing in the default renderer).
* Made NPAPI plugin quiet, except on plugin-specific errors (to
reduce .xsession-errors pollution).
* New GUI for KDE4 / Qt4 with SWF properties and Gnash preferences dialog boxes.
* Added support for parsing and decoding Speex audio in FLV files using libspeex.
* Fix decoding of RAW and UNCOMPRESSED audio with gstreamer media handler
* Remoting support generally improved.
* Support for Mixed SWF Versions added.
* Fixed bugs found since since the 0.8.4 release.

See the NEWS file for more improvements.

You can grab the Gnash sources from,
or from Gnash Bzr from the branch release_0_8_5 . Binary packages for
Debian or RPM based systems will be available from your GNU/Linux
distribution, and from whatever BSD variant you are using. Experimental
binary packages built by the Gnash team are also available at, along with source snapshots. Please
report packaging bugs upstream to your distribution. If you think you
have found a bug in Gnash, then you should file as complete a report
as possible at Patches are
always preferred to bug reports, as this is a community project. You
can submit patches at, or
email them to

Please include the operating system name and version, compiler
version, and the output of `gnash --version`, in your bug
reports. good detailed bug reports are alway appreciated.

Questions about Gnash or offers of help can go to the developers email
list at

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