Flash support for Gnu/linux and free software alternatives

When I read that Adobe was going to withdraw it’s stand alone flash player support for Gnu/Linux, felt a little bit strange, though it was with the exception of chrome/chromium browser.

flash player logo

As per a blog entry by Adobe: “Adobe has been working closely with Google to develop a single modern API for hosting plugins within the browser (one which could replace the current Netscape plugin API being used by the Flash Player). The PPAPI, code-named “Pepper” aims to provide a layer between the plugin and browser that abstracts away differences between browser and operating system implementations”. So from it is pretty clear that how Google is going to market their Chrome browser for Gnu/Linux, if you are using a Gnu/Linux distribution and you want to see Flash content, it looks like you’re left with just one choice, and that’s to embrace Google Chrome. Yet there left something for us to hope and they are the Free and Open source alternatives for the Adobe Flash Player.

I was confused that whether I should be happy or sad about this move. I’m happy because this move can cause the free software alternatives to be developed more aggressively (As there is no choice)  and the sad because the alternatives are not yet fully functional as the adobe flash player and it may take little more time for them  up to the expectations.

GNU Gnash

Gnash player

GNU Gnash is the GNU Flash movie player and is based on GameSWF. Which is available both as a standalone player and as a browser plugin for Firefox(read it as Gecko-based browsers :)), as well as for Chromium and Konqueror. It supports most SWF v7 features and some SWF v8 and v9 but SWF v10 is not supported by GNU Gnash.


Lightspark player

Lightspark is a Free Flash player and browser plugin that runs on Linux. It’s aim is to support Adobe’s newer Flash formats and AVM2 virtual machine. Latest version can be downloaded from here. It currently supports youtube well enough for daily use (as per the developer website :))

Here is a useful Link: Weekend project : Open source alternatives to Adobe Flash on Linux

Well let’s see what is going to happen.

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