Free player for Flash movies


Article from Issue 88/2008

Until recently, the Flash format has been the uncontested domain of Adobe. Gnash introduces a free Flash player for Linux and BSD with a design that aims far beyond the capabilities of Adobe’s king of the hill.

The small web format or Shockwave Flash format has long established itself as a standard for multimedia content on the Internet. Users of video or TV platforms such as YouTube and enjoy Flash movies, and the format is rapidly conquering the field of professional multimedia educational materials, too. On top of this, web designers like the format, originally developed by Macromedia, because it supports elaborate graphical animations, allowing them to enhance a website’s design. The Flash format’s streaming capabilities make it perfect for a narrow-band Internet connection, avoiding the typical waits involved when a user needs to download a movie in a legacy format.

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