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Old 06-16-2004, 05:28 AM   #1
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alternatives for realplayer: xmms and codecs or mplayer: Howto?


I've read in the software section of the general forum that xmms and mplayer can read real files. However, I'm not sure i understood the explanations.

I'd like to listen to the BBC without using realplayer because on Windoz real player set a spyware called c2.lopAproposMedia which was detected and removed by Spybot Search and Destroy (by Patrick M. Kolla, or one of its mirrors). So I'm fed up with realplayer. On windoz I've found an alternative which seems all right but i'm not sure how to go about it on Linux.

I've got an old version of xmms which I ought to upgrade. But then you need codecs: Is it complicated to get them and install them?

Is it possible to have a plugin for Mozilla or Firefox? (Well I suppose I can use Pref/appl in mozilla at least)

As for mplayer the website is rather confusing for a newbie.

I'm not far from scrapping dual boot but there are just one or two things which I really don't know how to do on Linux.
Old 06-16-2004, 01:23 PM   #2
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How hard can it be to install mplayer and then use it to watch a realplayer stream. Wel first you have to read the instructions, install the codecs to /usr/local/lib/codecs. Untar the MPlayer source. Type:

./configure --enable-gui && make && make install

Run gmplayer. Try adding the mplayer plugin to mozilla after that. :/
Old 06-16-2004, 04:00 PM   #3
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Okay, thanks, now i know where to install those codecs.

Well, I think I'll stick to xmms as I'm not intereted in videos or films but only in sound. My xmms version is up to date.

I still don't know where I can find the codex for the audio real files.




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