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{March 11, 2008}   Gnash 0.8.2 in Debian

The first beta release for Gnash has finally been published. There are a lot of improvements in this version, and it now supports the majority of Flash opcodes up to SWF version 7, and a wide sampling of ActionScript 2 classes for SWF version 8.5. Flash version 9 and ActionScript 3 support is being worked on. I’ve just uploaded it to Debian, so it will soon be available in the mirrors. YouTube of course works, but not all of the other video streaming web pages are supported yet. Don’t forget to install the recommended packages if you want to have the video streaming features available, as some plugins for gstreamer are necessary for that.

Stefano Costa says:

Miriam, this is great news… but I have one important question: how do I *remove* Adobe Flash Player from my Debian machine?

Miry says:

Hi Stefano!

The Adobe Flash Player consists of two files that are installed in your plugins directories. If you have them installed globally, at /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins and if you have them installed just for your user account, at ~/.mozilla/plugins

The files are flashplayer.xpt and libflashplayer.so, if you type “about:plugins” in your browser you should get some data about which plugins you have installed, and which is the filename of the main file for each plugin.

AFAIK, all you have to do is remove those two files, or move them out of that directory, and reestart your browser.

Stefano Costa says:

Thanks Miriam… the solution was quite easy indeed, but non-free software is always so tricky.. :-)

Now Youtube videos don’t play in Epiphany nor in Iceweasel… and the only thing I can see is the “share this / replay” screen :-( I have installed mozilla-plugin-gnash…

OdyX says:


I have the same problem as Stefano Costa (under konqueror or iceweasel).

I thought I had all needed packages though :

Well.. dunno.

Miry says:

Some seem to work for me, some others doesn’t.

This one works for me: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ip_xiEQHfaU
This doesn’t: http://youtube.com/watch?v=uPGzhxJfbRY

Same for you?

Thanks for your help :)

Betaverze flash přehrávače Gnash je v Debianu (Debian-linux.cz) says:

[...] Před několika dny byla oficiálně vydána první betaverze svobodného flash přehrávače Gnash. Označena je jako verze 0.8.2. Miriam Ruiz na svém blogu oznámila, že nový balíček nahrála do unstable. Aktuální verze podporuje SWF verze 7 a velkou část verze 8. Vývojáři pracují na podpoře ActionScript 3 a tedy i SWF 9. [...]

Evgeni Golov says:

Hey Miry,

after your post I blogged about gnash too, but it seems my trackback-sender stuff is broken, so I just post a link here: http://www.die-welt.net/index.php/blog/220/Gnash_0.8.2_-_can_I_has_free_flash

The main points of the post are, that youtube works, other video streaming services do not and many flash films are missing fonts (dunno why).

Miry, do you know a solution for the last point?

Regards, Evgeni

Miry says:

Hi Evgeni,

I know there are still many problems. There are quite a few Gnash developers working on it, so I guess we will keep seeing improvements on each release. I’ll try to find out about the fonts. About the video streams, I really don’t know if it can be solved by using different plugins for gstreamer, or if it’s a Gnash problem. I guess for most of it we will have to wait for Gnash upstream developers to solve it, or help them if we can. There have been a lot of improvements since last alpha version (0.8.1), and they keep improving it.


dererk says:


What a great news! Thank you for your job, always have troubles with it, but this version solves all of them up :D

Great work my dear!

Miry says:

More discussion about YouTube and Gnash here: http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?p=136070

Radai F says:

Miri, for 3 month old newbie like me who are new to Debian Etch amd64…Could you write a “how to” to installing Gnash on Debian Etch amd64?

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