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there is plenty of media support, but things like that are not part of "linux" but part of the distribution itself, in this case erdhat decided to specifically remove mp3 support fdrom all programs it put on in rh8 and 9... not sure why... odd people.
you want plugin support for a web browser do you? in that case install http://mplayerhq.hu and http://mplayerplug-in.sf.net and that will play everything listed there. IF you set up mplayer correctly. there are additional addons for xmms (winamp clone) for mp3 support at xmms.org if that's what you mean.
You can either try and install an older version of Plugger, or you can grab a newer version of GCC from rpmfind.net that works with your distribution. The thing to keep in mind is that the age of your distro means that a lot of the newer software won't work on it without having to do a LOT of various updates. You could end up in dependancy Hell.
And if you followed the advice I gave in my previous post you wouldn't have to worry about that at all, synaptic would have taken care of all the dependencies for you just by selecting mplayer for download, no ./configure, no enable-gui stuff, no "shit I forgot to include the quicktime codec in the configure script", etc.
But hey, everyone his way.
If you look at it the other way, you would probably learn more by installing mplayer from source than I would by using apt4rpm.