Now that Swfdec uses gstreamer for it's back-end, it can be added to Fedora to provide Flash support.
- Name: BrianPepple
- Targeted release: Fedora 9
- Last updated: 2008-03-18
- Percentage of completion: 100%
Swfdec is a decoder/renderer for Macromedia Flash animations, and currently it handles most Flash 3, 4 and many Flash 7 and 8 videos. It consists of three packages: swfdec, swfdec-gnome, and swfdec-mozilla, which have been added to Fedora Rawhide. Whether swfdec-mozilla is installed by default will be voted on by FESCo before beta release based on testing and desktop team feedback.
Benefit to Fedora
Fedora will have a free implementation of Flash.
All swfdec packages have been packaged, reviewed, and appear in rawhide. Here's a message from upstream giving a good description of the strengths and weakness of swfdec: https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-desktop-list/2008-January/msg00084.html
swfdec and swfdec-mozilla now have GStreamer missing-plugins support .
- Test flash sites that are known to be supported out-of-the-box. http://swfdec.freedesktop.org/wiki/ScreenShots
"Hey, Flash works"
- Gstreamer & Pulse Audio
Don't install swfdec-mozilla by default.
Add a note that swfdec-mozilla is installed by default, and to play back the flash videos (YouTube, etc.) however, you will need codecs that are not available in the Fedora repositories.