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Re: [Gnash-dev] Pledge for Gnash funding of AVM2 development

From: Alessandro Pignotti
Subject: Re: [Gnash-dev] Pledge for Gnash funding of AVM2 development
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2010 17:01:46 +0200
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Hi everyone,

as the Lightspark author and main developer I cannot help wondering why Gnash 
developers are willing to waste so much money and time reimplementing 
something that is already available in LS. The AVM2 implementation in 
Lightspark is fairly complete, especially the interpreter. The optimizing LLVM 
backend needs some attentions to be back on track [more details on this 

You could argument that I should have worked on Gnash in the beginning, but I 
wanted to build something new: a technology platform that could really be 
future proof. At this point I can say to have partly succeeded as I'm very 
happy of the graphics handling (especially the new engine not yet merged in 
master) and threading approach, while I'm not completely satisfied by the LLVM 
backend, and I'm considering switching to Chromium's V8 (if a suitable AST 
could be generated from the AVM2 bytecode).

I've not any money to offer, but I'd like to invite all the devs to take a look 
at lightspark code and join our efforts.

Alessandro Pignotti

On Wednesday 20 October 2010 12:40:08 Petter Reinholdtsen wrote:
> [Ashley Reid]
> > I would gladly take part, but is 1000$ really enough? What is the
> > actual cost estimate? I would imagine something around the 5000$
> > mark?
> I intended (and actually also inserted) 50 to be the limit and not 10,
> but after moving back and forth in the pledgebank web gui for a while
> my 50 went back to 10 without me noticing.
> So there is no need to stop when we have 10 people signing the
> pledge. :)
> The estimate I got from Rob to get "hello world" in AVM2 to work was
> 3-4 months of work, so your estimate on 5000$ is probably in the
> correct ballpark.  When that is said, I am sure 1000$ will help
> too. :)
> Happy hacking,

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