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by Zackster » Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:47 pm
Hi, Im a 10 year old boy wanting to program games. I am always playing mmos and rpgs.
I want to play some case my computer is broken. I need flash player.
Can i have help? Thanks.
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by mahjongg » Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:50 pm
Sorry a real Flash player isn't possible, Adobe doesn't support this platform, and never will. There is an open source copy of Flash (called Gnash) that runs some Flash code, but not all.
For the PI you will be better off programming games using Python. And perhaps when its better supported on the PI (there are signs that this will happen) Java.

The PI runs on hardware developed for the mobile (tablets and cellphones) market, and that was a market that Adobe never really supported well, (they only supported windows desktop systems well) and for example the Apple mobile products do not use it at all.

The latest news is that Adobe gave up the little support they did spent on the mobile market.
see (for example) : http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/11/adobe-kills-mobile-flash/
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by jfornango » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:24 pm
Turns out that Adobe is dropping LINUX altogether.
Went to install Flash on my new Pi. Adobe has a big notice on tehir download page that Flash 11.2 is the last version to support LINUX.

Time to start learning HTML5. :roll:
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by Cloudcentric » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:34 pm
There are 2 linux alternatives

gnash http://www.gnu.org/software/gnash

lightspark http://lightspark.github.com

Depending on what version of Linux you have installed they may or may not be in the repository
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by redhawk » Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:00 pm
The other alternative is to use a real computer. :)

Flash on the Pi even if it was supported by Adobe would be too slow to be usable for watching Flash based videos.
Fortunately you have XBMC with 3rd party plugins to fill the void but honestly I think people are expecting way too much from their Raspberry Pi.
When Android finally gets it's release from Broadcom (which seems to be taking forever) then perhaps browsers like SkyFire and Puffin would help to improve on the Flash (server accelerated) video playback experience.

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by mahjongg » Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:28 am
redhawk wrote:Flash on the Pi even if it was supported by Adobe would be too slow to be usable for watching Flash based videos.

Not really Flash (Adobe's) fault, as Flash is simply used to run a video decoder, and the standard decoders do not make use of the PI's GPU, and using the CPU to decode video's is way too slow.
In other words, it doesn't matter how you start the software video decoder, if that decoder doesn't "ask the GPU for help in decoding the video" you will still get unsatisfactory results regardless of how the decoder is started.
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by johnbirk » Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:00 pm
There are 2 linux alternatives

gnash http://www.gnu.org/software/gnash

lightspark http://lightspark.github.com

Depending on what version of Linux you have installed they may or may not be in the repository




Hi boys and gals. Being completely new to RPi, I hope you can advise me to which of the above should be preferred... ;)
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by fmtheilig » Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:10 pm
You try lightspark, I'll try gnash, and we'll compare the results. Deal?
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by Cloudcentric » Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:23 pm
johnbirk wrote:There are 2 linux alternatives

gnash http://www.gnu.org/software/gnash

lightspark http://lightspark.github.com

Depending on what version of Linux you have installed they may or may not be in the repository

Hi boys and gals. Being completely new to RPi, I hope you can advise me to which of the above should be preferred... ;)


gnash is more mature AFAIAA, but only compatibility to Flash 9 and some Flash 10

Raspbian "wheezy" install

apt-get install gnash-common
apt-get install gnash
apt-get install browser-plugin-gnash


Arch Linux Arm aka alarmpi install

pacman -S gnash-common
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