Netscape - Linux Plugins
Now then, some directions are given and then some are not or are weak.
It is assumed that you, half way, know what you are doing.
(That's the mode I work in most of
the time.) So, if you are not sure where the files are going to go, you can use the commands:
Multi-media and Restricted Format Installation Guide
Now then, we get e-mails from our friends and relatives. Annnddd... they send all these videos and sounds in these various formats. So we need to load up on the comparable creations for linux that will handle these different formats.
This info came from the
The Additional Repositories you will need are:
Another problem is the sound. Haven't gotten that totally straight yet but there is a
Work-A-Round. So to speak. What I am talking about is the Merriam-Webster
OnLine Dictionary. What has that to do with sound, you ask?? Well, in addition to providing the correct spelling
and definition of words, it also provides the pronunciations of them. However,
when you click on the little speaker ,
you get the following:
More on Sound:
MPlayer - The Movie Player for Linux.
Note: Another update cause of my BIG Crash. You need this one in order to view wmv videos on/in Linux.
The following is courtesy of Pcghost on http://www.linuxquestions.org.
Doing this turns an Mplayer installation into a 10 second affair. Additionally, packman has binaries for just about everything else you could possibly want.
Now then, let me say this about that. The '10 second' install is a wild dream. The length of time that you will spend on the install depends on your connection speed AND the time of day OR the season of the year. I did this Mplayer install on Dec 26th and it took well over an hour. In addition to the Mplayer I had to get lame and w32codec. w32codec was the longest download but the others were not much faster.
If you have to configure and compile mplayer you will need the gecko-sdk (Software Development Kit). After trials and errors I placed it in the /usr/include directory. Then you use the following configure command:
Mplayer was needed to get an embeded wav file to play. Got sent a Christmas card via an e-mail link. Could not hear the background music. Found that it was an embeded wav. Spent the next couple of hours getting it to work. This was the final fix.
Plugger is a multimedia plugin for Unix Mozilla, Opera or Netscape that handles
Quicktime, MPEG, MP2, AVI, SGI-movie, Tiff, DL, IFF-anim, MIDI, Soundtracker,
AU, WAV and Commodore 64 audio files. And now, with Plugger 5.0, MPEG audio and
video can be played streaming.
Flash Player runs Macromedia swf Flash files that are available on the Internet. If you do not have Flash then go to http://www.macromedia.com and download the latest version for Linux. install_flash_player_7_linux.tar.gz was the latest. The install is performed from the command line. (no point and click) To have proper access, it would be advisable to install this as root. Just my humble opinion.
GQview will allow plugger to display most image types. Notice that this is used in conjunction with Plugger. It is 'normally' included with your Linux distribution.
GV (GhostView) will enable Plugger to display PDF and Postscript files. Here we have another that is used with Plugger. It is also 'normally' included with your Linux distribution.
mpg123 is used to play MPEG audio files in streaming mode. This may or may not be provided with your system. Plugger listed above is supposed to handle these anyway. To obtain a copy go to: mpg123 and download a copy.
This is used for movies and songs and other stuff. Check out the site and download it if you think you need it. RealPlayer
Well now, after fighting to get the wav file to work I get another card that has a midi in it!! Ok now, Timidity is supposed to be the fix for Linux to use the midi stuff. It is with Plugger. I had some trouble getting Plugger to configure cause they switched to xorg.
Allllrighty. With the above items installed you should be able to cruise the Net and see and hear everything ... almost.
Licensing and Restrictions. These can be and are a problem. Sun, like nVidia doesn't want SuSE and others including all their stuff. So you have to go out and get it. Now then, after installing the OS, I saw alot of stuff for Java. How-some-ever, none of the areas contained a plugin for the browsers. So, you have to go out and get one... at this Sun Download Site. Instruction for installation are also provided there.
SuSE note: Extracted to /usr/java, which was not created during the OS install, then linked to Netscape Plugins dir: