Why not use swfdec-mozilla? (was Re: Installing Flash on the OLPC)

Brian Pepple bpepple at fedoraproject.org
Thu Jan 1 10:44:45 EST 2009

On Thu, 2009-01-01 at 14:16 +0530, Nirbheek Chauhan wrote:
> swfdec{,-mozilla} use gstreamer, are LGPLed, and support most of the
> Flash 9 features whereas gnash supports only a few of the Flash 9
> features. swfdec is also the default Flash player on Fedora, and is
> the preferred flash player on Ubuntu.

Quick clarification.  We discussed making swfdec installed by default
during the development of Fedora 9, but decided against doing so since
we felt it wasn't quite ready for that.

> Were there some specific problems with using swfdec? Or was it not
> under consideration due to some factors?

I'm not sure if it was considered, but as the maintainer of swfdec in
Fedora I can state that swfdec is very cpu-intensive, and I have my
doubts whether the performance on the XO would be comparable to gnash's,
though it might be worth investigating.

Brian Pepple <bpepple at fedoraproject.org>

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