I’m very proud to announce the the second release candidate of Lightspark 0.4.2: the modern, efficient and open source Flash Player implementation. Thanks to all the people that tested the project and reported feedback on the bug tracker and on the IRC channel, without their help this awesome results would have not been possible.
Although we’re still missing a couple of feature before the real 0.4.2 most of the pieces are already in place. Let’s see what you can expect from this release:
- Youtube support for H264 videos. Currently only those are supported as they are played using the Action Script 3 based player. This may seem a huge limitation, but actually a huge part of the YouTube contents are available in H264 format. This limitation will go away when lightspark will be able to fall back to Gnash. This feature is scheduled for 0.4.3
- Even faster video presentation after a bit of refinement of the SSE2 based video packer
- Sound support using pulseaudio. If you want to try Lightspark without installing the pulse server that’s ok, as Lightspark detects at runtime if the server is available and if not it just politely disables sound.
As usual you can grab the source from Launchpad
Official binary packages for Ubuntu Lucid and Debian testing are available from my PPA http://launchpad.net/~sssup/+archive/sssup-ppa (in launchpad build queue as I’m writing)
Packages for Fedora 13 are also available here
As I mentioned before we’re not yet ready for the final release as the following issues needs to be fixed:
- Sound is not synchronized
- Sound sample rate is not always correctly detected
Beside those known issue, everything should be pretty ok. So go on, give it a try!