For the majority of the people reading the list, a short introduction:
Many sites nowadays have banners that roll over the text of the article. In Linux you might have noticed that after the banners move away, they leave blank space behind that cover the text, making it impossible to read the page. Also, the same problem is the cause for site menus that open behind flash animations instead of in front (example: http://www.adobe.com )
This problem is caused by a missing feature called wmode (windowless mode) in the flash-player for linux.
Well, the latest flash-player 10 RC is supposed to have the feature.
There are a few problems though:
0. Flash is still 32 bit. So, to make it work on x86_64, it needs 32 bit libraries of stuff, besides the nspluginwrapper hack Do this: zypper in mozilla-nss-32bit
1. Flash depends on libcurl.so.3. This can be solved by installing libcurl4-32bit ("zypper in libcurl4-32bit") and making a symlink cd /usr/lib/ ln -s libcurl.so.4.1.0 libcurl.so.3
2. Firefox 3.0.1 has a bug that crashes it when running with flash 10rc. Firefox 3.0.3 is supposed to have that bug fixed
If you want to try it, get Flash10rc here: http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html Put libflashplayer.so in /usr/lib/browser-plugins/ Run as root (one line): nspluginwrappper --install --verbose /usr/lib/browser- plugins/libflashplayer.so
Here it's a small demo for the wmode feature. http://www.communitymx.com/content/source/E5141/wmodetrans.htm Unfortunately, it still doesn't work well with Firefox 3.0.3 from Factory. I don't know why. At least site menus open in front of flash. I think I'll try Firefox nightly builds (Minefield).
I think that 11.1 should be released with Flash10, because wmode is an important, functional feature for browsing the web. We should be prepared in case they release flash10 before we freeze, or include the latest RC.