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[Gnash] Gnash 0.8.1 released

From: Rob Savoye
Subject: [Gnash] Gnash 0.8.1 released
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 13:42:46 -0600
User-agent: Thunderbird (X11/20070719)

The forth alpha release of Gnash has just been made at version
0.8.1. Gnash is a GPL'd Flash movie player and browser plugin for
Firefox, Mozilla, Konqueror, and Opera. Gnash supports many SWF v7
features and ActionScript2 classes. Gnash also runs on many GNU/Linux
distributions, embedded GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, non x86
processors, and 64 bit architectures. Ports to Darwin and Windows are
in progress for a future release. The plugin works best with Firefox
1.0.4 or newer, and should work in any Mozilla based browser. There is
also a standalone player for GNOME or KDE based desktops.

Improvements since the 0.8.0 alpha release are:

* New Garbage Collector, which reduces runtime memory.
* Support for device fonts on X11.
* New build and packaging work to build multiple GUIs at the same
time, and to eliminate dependencies between the various toolkits used.
* Support for dynamic text fields.
* Better key event handling.
* Support for on-demand install of needed Gstreamer codec plugins.
* Support for KDE/AGG combination.
* More robust parser
* Better support for flash player detection.
* Many new testcases!

Gnash 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.  All the
core ones are implemented, and many of the newer ones work, but may be
missing some of their methods. If the browser only displays a blank
window, it is likely because of an unimplemented feature. All
unimplemented opcodes and ActionScript classes and methods print a
warning when using -v with gnash or gprocessor. Using gprocessor -v is
a quick way to see why a movie isn't playing correctly.

You can grab the Gnash sources from,
or from Gnash CVS with the tag "release_0_8_1_final". Binary packages
for Debian or RPM based systems will be available from your GNU/Linux
distribution, and from whatever BSD variant you are using. Please
report packaging bugs upstream to your distribution. If you think you
have found a bug in Gnash, then you should file as complete a report
as possible at Patches are
always preferred to bug reports, as this is a community project. You
can submit patches at, or
email them to address@hidden As heavy bug fixing and development
is going on, please make sure your bug still exists in cvs HEAD before

Please include the operating system name and version, compiler
version, and which gnash version you are using, in your bug
reports. For bugs in the plugin, please also add the browser and
it's version. Gnash does not support Firefox versions below 1.0.4.

Questions about Gnash or offers of help can go to the developers email
list at address@hidden

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