Bug#678795: task-desktop: Flash support should pull in browser-plugin-lightspark

Gabriele Giacone 1o5g4r8o at gmail.com
Tue Jun 26 19:34:59 UTC 2012

[ CC'ing Didier actual lightspark maintainer, not subscribed ]

On 06/26/2012 05:13 PM, Touko Korpela wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 24, 2012 at 12:27:21PM +0200, Petter Reinholdtsen wrote:
>> [Christian PERRIER]
>>> So both can coexist peacefully?
>> I believe so.  I have not checked it myself, but know there were talk about
>> having lightspark calling gnash when it found AVM1 flash files.  Not sure
>> if both browsers plugin should be installed, or only the lightspark one
>> and the gnash standalone program.
> Flash maintainers, can you tell about compatibility of these plugins
> and what packages should be installed by default in wheezy?

They coexist and are complementary to provide a full flash experience.
By installing browser-plugin-lightspark, it recommends gnash standalone
so they are both installed and as Petter said LS falls back to gnash if
flash is AVM1.

Currently LS supports these [SITES] i.e. BBC News and partially
Grooveshark, Google StreetView, Youtube.
Youtube is the most visited and is a special case: if site detects
gnash, it provides an AVM1 video player gnash can play very well,
otherwise an AVM2 one LS plays with some limitations (progress bar is
unusable, changing volume level is pretty hard, no fullscreen).
Moreover to play yt movies better it would also need current [LIBXML++]
patched and xul-ext-adblock-plus is more than recommended, without it
many videos don't start due to ads lightspark can't play. IIRC that
affects BBC site too.
I think ideal would be forcing LS fall back to gnash also if site is
youtube. No idea about how to implement that.
An alternative could be also installing browser-plugin-gnash to make
possible at least easily switching between them through alternatives
system (e.g. b-p-lightspark Recommends b-p-gnash instead of gnash).

[SITES] https://github.com/lightspark/lightspark/wiki/Site-Support
[LIBXML++] http://bugs.debian.org/664709


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