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{August 30, 2007}   Finally Gnash 0.8.1

The 4th and hopefully last alpha version (I expect the next one to be a beta) of Gnash, the GNU’s free Flash player has been released yesterday. There are many important changes, but the most relevant thing you’ll notice is that it’s by far more stable than the previous one.

Gnash supports right now the majority of Flash opcodes up to SWF version 7, and a wide sampling of ActionScript 2 classes for SWF version 8.5. The program is still under heavy development and Flash version 9 and ActionScript 3 support are also being worked on. Debian SID has right now one of the latest release candidates for this version, and 0.8.1 will probably be in the repositories soon.

As it is expected that in one or two versions it will be able to select between the different possible backends, we’ve decided to have just one package with pre-selected options in the repositories. AGG is probably the most conservative version that will work for everyone, and even though OpenGL might be better for certain graphic cards, we’ve decided to play safe. In any case, I’ve also made some unofficial packages for those who want to try different configurations of Gnash, like, as I said, using an OpenGL backend.



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