is there an 'open-source' RealPlayer?

kstewart kstewart at
Sun Sep 5 23:57:32 PDT 2004

On Sunday 05 September 2004 11:13 am, Gary Kline wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 04, 2004 at 11:43:59PM -0700, kstewart wrote:
> > >  Can you check your pkg list and list the mozilla
> > >  and java ports?  --If thr linuxpluginwrapper will
> > >  magically make FBSD mozilla work:: WOW!
> >
> > The thing is that RealPlayer, Adobe, flash, and etc. or all linux apps. I
> > think the wrapper is just as important as the x-wrapper is to run as
> > non-root.
> >
> > When I installed it, and followed the instructions, I could use acrobat,
> > and some of the flash/shockwave stuff in both konqueror and mozilla.
> > Realplay never showed up in the plugin list for mozilla but I can go to a
> > site that has *.ram files and click them and hear the music.
> >
> >  Konqueror is really anal when it comes to getting rid of kmplayer as the
> > defautl. I can also visit the same site as mozilla and play the *.ram
> > files.
> >
> > The thing is that I moved into so many places that I don't know
> > what made mozilla work. I got the idea from the links in the about plugin
> > link on mozilla > help. It was basically any place that locate claimed to
> > be a mozilla plugin directory. It was finally - well, I give up, let see
> > what it does and it worked. I don't have a clue what fixed it because I
> > was looking for it in the plugin list and it never showed up.
> >
> > Kent
>  Sounds somewhat like my experience with getting things to
>  Just Work {TM}.  Took me altogether several days to get
>  java, javavm, jdk,sdk, whatevertheheck to work with
>  l-mozilla and the flashplugin and acrobat and realplayer.
>  Now it works; but installing it on my laptop is more than
>  a chore-and-a-half.  Not worth the effort.  Maybe someday
>  I'll figure it out and put together a cookbook tutorial.
>  Make it my life's goal to keep it current... .

I have discovered a couple of things about Mozilla. The java-vm problem from 
Mozilla that I was seeing was probably  occuring because I had 3 versions of 
java installed. I had diablo-*-1.3.1*, jdk-1.3-*, and jdk-1.4*. When I 
pkg_deleted the 1.3* versions, and reinstalled RealPlayer8, I had both 
realplay and java-vm activity. I probably didn't have to reinstall realplayer 
but I did it anyway. I think that just running the mime and plugin scripts 
are all you need to run.

There seems to be an initialization problem with RealPlayer. The first time 
you try to run it, it thinks the audio device is busy, but the second time 
and on it played the *.ram files from the web pages I visit frequently.

 BTW, I think that everytime you change your plugins, you have to click the 
"about plugins" option under the Mozilla's help menu item for mozilla to scan 
for new ones.

RealPlayer8 is also working for me from kde's konqueror.


>  gary

Kent Stewart
Richland, WA
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