The open source flash alternative gnash has released a new version with GPU support, pushing it ahead of the proprietary Adobe flash player which lacks such support in Linux.
According to the gnash website: We just released an improved GNU Flash player, Gnash 0.8.8. Gnash plays SWF (Shockwave Flash) files compatible with the Adobe Flash player. Gnash is portable software released under the GNU GPLv3. It runs on GNU/Linux, embedded GNU + Linux systems, and BSD, including x86, ARM, MIPS, PowerPC, and 64-bit systems. It comes with a standalone player as well as a browser plugin compatible with Firefox, Chrome, Konqueror, and all Gecko-based browsers.
Improvements since the 0.8.7 release are:
* 100% of all YouTube videos should work. If you have
problems, delete all YouTube cookies and refresh.
* Gnash can switch at runtime between the Cairo, OpenGL,
and AGG renderers.
* Gnash can switch media handlers at runtime, too, between
FFmpeg and Gstreamer,
* Gnash can now decode video quickly on hardware compatible
with the VAAPI library (a few NVidia, ATI, and Intel
* Gnash now compiles faster due to reduced internal
work with ActionScript in Gnash.
* Improved input device handling when using a raw
If you want the latest gnash, before it arrives in the official ubuntu repository, add one of these ppas to your sources.list
deb http://www.getgnash.org/debs/ubuntu maverick main
deb http://www.getgnash.org/debs/ubuntu lucid main
deb http://www.getgnash.org/debs/ubuntu karmic main