Lightspark open source Flash player gains PowerPC support
Less than one week after Lightspark 0.4.5 arrived, the Lightspark project has released version 0.4.5.1 of its open source Flash player. A major change in the latest version of the alternative Flash player implementation is the addition of experimental support for the PPC platform, previously confirmed to be coming in early November.
According to the developers, video playback performance is currently "far from ideal as some very inefficient code is used on a critical path, and will be rewritten in an efficient manner". Other changes include a fix to restore support for YouTube, as well as a new AMF3 parser that can be used to provide Local Shared Object (Flash cookies) support in an upcoming version.
Further information about the release can be found in a post on the Technology Temple blog. Licensed under the GPL, Lightspark 0.4.5.1 is available to download as an Ubuntu package from a Launchpad PPA repository. Fedora 13 packages are also available for the i686 platform and installation instructions are provided on the project's wiki page. The developers note that packages for PPC are not currently provided as Launchpad does not support PPC packages.
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