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Old 10-29-2003, 08:48 PM   #1
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netscape plug-ins

Hi all,

could someone please tell me how i go about installing the plug-ins needed by netscape to view certain web pages. I am using netscape 7.1 on RH8 and I thought that downloading the most up-to-date version i would not require any plug-ins. But it seems that I am having trouble viewing some web pages and when i follow the link to the download page [ and download ] the plugin, I still cant view any of the pages . ? . ? I would just download all the plug-ins and be done with it but i have a dial-up connection and i notice that most of the plug-ins are mammoth puppies [ apart from that fact ] can anyone help with "the where did the plug-in go?".

many thanks in advance.
Old 10-30-2003, 01:22 AM   #2
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which plugins are you referring to?

the flash one isnt too big, the real player plugin comes with real player (again, not too big)
the java plugin comes with the j2re.blah, that's about 14MB,
mozplugger is worth looking into, again not too big

as for installing them
some symbolic linking is required, and some copying too
/usr/local/netscape/plugins is the usual place (worth looking in /usr/lib/netscape too)

the other thing to remember is this
if you are using the browser as user then you wont be able to install any plugins, because that requires root authority
if you invoke the browser as root from the command line, then when it asks to install stuff, the process will be allowed

(i sympathise, i'm on dial up too, though, dial up on linux is way faster than dial up on windows)
Old 10-30-2003, 09:50 AM   #3
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Thanks salparadise, I will give this a go, all I can go by are the times involved when I go to download them. If I remember correctly one of the java j2re's gave me a 6 hour download time, difficult when BT give internet access in 4 hour sessions : - /

I aint no expert in Linux but is invoking Netscape as Root not a security risk ? ? ?

Quote: (i sympathise, i'm on dial up too, though, dial up on linux is way faster than dial up on windows) You aint far off the mark there. I think linux Linux is faster with a cable connection aswell. [ In general "Faster & better" ]

Thanks again. lub0


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