Okay then, what's the use of helix player then?
Is it that it has a mozilla plugin to play other sound files?
As for realplayer 10 for Linux: http://www.real.com/linux/?,
quoting from the bottom of the page :
"What's Helix and why does it matter?
RealPlayer 10 for Linux is based on the open source Helix player"
Another nice realplayer lie. realplayer allowed helix community to build a version for Linux.
This version however ought to be able to read real files. The page clearly announces:
Play popular datatypes
RealPlayer 10 supports RealAudio, RealVideo 10, MP3, Ogg Vorbis and Theora, H263, AAC and more.
Question: Has anybody tried this version? Is it less of a villain on Linux than it is on Windoz (stealing files associations, etc?).
As for the .deb package, the changes file says:
helix-player (1.0.0-1) unstable; urgency=low
* Final GOLD release of the Helix Player 1.0
* ITP report: Closes #258417
* RFP report: Closes #181322"
The helix community news show the differences between real 10 and helix1.0 (https://helixcommunity.org/forum/forum.php?forum_id=145
Basic Features of the players:
- Gtk+/Gnome interface
- Accelerated Video and FullScreen Playback
- Support for free and open mediatypes - Ogg Vorbis/Theora, H261
- Mozilla browser plug-in
- RTSP streaming
- Elegant UI
- Installer and RPM packages
RealPlayer 10 for Linux adds the following features:
- RealAudio 10 / RealVideo 10
- Flash playback
- More robust RTSP via RDT
So clearly, Helix doesn't yet read real files. You need Real(-Helix)10.
So it would be better to install Mplayer. It may be a cinch, but first you need to check you have everything that's required, quite a lot-- there's a long file on the site about all this. however if you have a recent Linux version, evrything's should be there already, except perhaps the codecs..
I'm not sure there's a plugin for Mozilla browsers.
Finally I learnt codecs have to be copied in /usr/local/lib/codecs -- someone here saying he was too lazy to look for the location.