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Re: [Gnash-dev] Could gnash be a standalone plugin?

From: Bastiaan Jacques
Subject: Re: [Gnash-dev] Could gnash be a standalone plugin?
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2006 14:05:19 +0100

On Fri, 2006-12-08 at 13:19 +0800, Tsai Dung-Bang wrote:
> Like adobe's flash plugin, all you need is a, all you 
> need to do is copy it to /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/plugin, and the 
> install is done.
> But gnash's plugin is not just copying to correct 
> place, you need to install the gnash and other library to make it work.
> Could I make the firefox plugin standalone?

No; not without a lot of work. The plugin does nothing but spawn a
`gnash' process and passes it a window reference to render to. So the
plugin is just a facilitator. In order to change that you would want to
have the plugin be gnash with a different frontend. 

However, we opted not to do that anymore, because we don't want Gnash's
performance to affect the browser namespace in which it is used. In
other words, we don't want Firefox to crash when Gnash crashes; we don't
want Firefox to freeze when Gnash is taking a lot of CPU power.


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