[snafuu] Re: [ale] realplayer on linux

  • From: "Paul D. Manno" <paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Stephen Lastinger <s.lastinger@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2001 20:26:23 -0500 (EST)

On Mon, 5 Mar 2001, Stephen Lastinger wrote:

}This little critter irritated me for about 40 min. a few weekends ago (the
}"beta" version I had of RP7 expired)

Yep - an annoying timeout since they've decided not to support it.  At
least, as you said in the snip'd message below, Real elected to allow a
community-supported version - better than some other companies have done.

}Long story short. <snip>
}I would see about getting the latest version 7 of the player (which is
}actually very nice).  There are a few things to look out for to get it to
}work properly.  Since RealNetworks only has http downloads for their s/w
}(morons!) you will have to start to download the current version and then
}cancel it once it begins.  Then change the url in your browser to the
}latest 7 ver. (I recommend the pecompiled bin "rp7_linux20_libc6_i386_cs1.bin")

Perhaps I've missed the point here...

I have downloaded the non-RPM (.bin) version of RealPlayer 8 for a variety
of Linux versions just a few weeks ago from their site without having any
problems (using Netscape with shift-click).  The caveats below do apply.

}Once you figured out where you're going to put it (if you use the .bin file) 
you will have to change the name of the dir created for it (RealPlayer7) to 
"RealPlayer7b" because some of the code was changed, but no one ever bothered 
to correct the name of the dir.  This version won't expire and plays all the 
RM,RAM,RA, etc. content out there.  It's much more stable than its windows 
counterpart and can be set to take up less desktop real estate than the windows 
version.  Of course, if one's been using OSS and GPL'd s/w for some time then 
that's not really a surprise.
}: )

The free RealPlayer8 indeed seems to work well in all modes except some
occasional plug-in modes (controls appear but don't function).  RTSP and
the newer versions of the codecs seem to work fine.  Besides, it's lots
better than another Washington company's media player (on Linux).  :-p

-- Paul

}> Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2001 17:34:40 -0500
}> From: Phrostie <pfrostie@xxxxxxxxx>
}> I've just downloaded the realplayer 8 rpm for linux.
}> when i goto  install it i get:
}> [root@atlanta phrostie]# rpm -i rp8_linux20_libc6_i386_cs1_rpm
}> package RealPlayer-8.0-1 is for a different architecture
}> i'm running on a 350Mhz AMD.
}> this has been happening more and more lately.
}> what gives?
}> --
}> pfrostie@xxxxxxxxx
}> Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Dos
}> and danced the skies on Linux silvered wings.
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