Dropping Gnash in favor of Lightspark

20 08 2010

I was introduced to Lightspark today. Decided to give it a go and see how well it works. So far more things work then with gnash, especially all the little animated buttons idiots decide to put on their webpages (Really? Flash for a few buttons? What is wrong with you people?). Youtube starts to play, gets about 3 seconds into the video and freezes. Never managed to get sound with Youtube either. There are also a bunch of websites that have graphs and things for how many people showed up to their website in the past x days. Sometimes Lightspark shows them, sometimes it is just a dark grey box. Still, it is better then the white box with a black border I got with Gnash _all_the_time_everywhere_.

Overall, I think Lightspark is better the Gnash so far but we will see how long it lasts. I am still hoping for the ultimate demise and death of flash so it is nice that I have alternatives besides the that Adobe releases. I am still cruising around the web not really hampered by my lack of official flash support and youtube-dl is serving me well. Not ideal for grandma, but works for me.

If you want to check out lightspark, here is the wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightspark
Here is the sourceforge page: http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/lightspark
And last, but not least, here is the launchpad page for the Debian and Ubuntu people: https://launchpad.net/lightspark

Lastly, as a side note. I have been running Debian Squeeze for something like a week now. WOW it is NICE! Major props Debian team!



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