Friday, May 25, 2012

Lightspark 0.5.7 Released - Ubuntu Installation

Lightspark is another open source Flash player, mainly focusing Linux but it can also be compiled for Windows. Lightspark 0.5.7 was released a couple of days ago and it aims to improve graphic capabilities. Other changes include:
  • Fixed a few mem­ory leaks
  • Improved sup­port for BitmapData::draw
  • Sup­port for BitmapData::copyPixels
  • Sup­port for soft mask­ing
  • Sup­port for mem­ory usage pro­fil­ing (mas­sif compatible)

Lightspark is still a resource hog, there is no doubt about it. It is hard on memory and even more ruthless on the processing power. In addition, the basic and the must-have for a Flash player, the ability to play YouTube videos is present, but all the video menus are broken, seek isn't easy with its new seek preview feature as the thumbnail previews seem to appear in a weird and cluttered manner. Pretty much similar issues exist with other video streaming websites as well. Regarding other Flash content, including Flash online games, most of them are not supported yet.

But, I must say, Lightspark is improving. It is far more capable and responsive with this new version, though it isn't anywhere close to its proprietary counterpart and still a lot of work needs to be done.

Ubuntu Installation

For now, via the official PPA, Lightspark 0.5.7 is available for Ubuntu Precise only. But they say they will update the packages for older Ubuntu releases also in the coming days. For installing Lightspark 0.5.7 in Ubuntu Precise, get to a Terminal and run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sparkers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install lightspark browser-plugin-lightspark


You would need to disable any other Flash plugins in your browser so that there are no conflicts.

Other Linux

Source packages of Lightspark 0.5.7 can be downloaded from here:

Other Adobe Flash Alternatives

For information on other Adobe Flash alternatives, please take a look at our earlier post:

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