Thursday, August 26, 2010

Version of Gnash promises to run all videos from YouTube

The project Gnash, a free Flash Player developed by GNU just got to version 0.8.8, and now developers say software runs perfectly 100% of videos on YouTube without problems or catch sound.

"But for what I'll install a Flash Player different if Adobe has already created a version for Linux?", You must be wondering. Gnash is totally free, meaning you can download source code, make changes, join project and include functions that do not exist in official player (and, face it, is very weak). So you can keep your Linux installation 100% free while browsing sites that have Flash content.

Another advantage is that you can also use Gnash as a single player or with a plugin in browsers. The Firefox and Chrome already have plugins for Gnash, working properly with them.

Besides greater compatibility, Gnash brings other news:

  • Switch between Cairo and OpenGL and AGG renderers
  • Switching between FFmpeg and Gstreamer as media manipulators
  • Support for ActionScript.
You can download and compile Gnash source if you want, but there are binaries for various distributions. In Ubuntu, just use following commands in Terminal:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnash/ppa
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnash
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