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Plugger 5.1.3

Streaming Multimedia Plugin for Unix Mozilla

Written by Fredrik Hübinette

Tired of getting teased by Windows users because your Mozilla isn't as |<()()|_ as theirs? Well, your problems are almost solved. Plugger is a multimedia plugin for Unix Mozilla, Opera or Netscape that handles Quicktime, MPEG, MP2, AVI, SGI-movie, Tiff, DL, IFF-anim, MIDI, Soundtracker, AU, WAV and Commodore 64 audio files. And now, with Plugger 5.1.3, MPEG audio and video can be played streaming. No more waiting! Plugger is a very small plugin, because Plugger uses external programs to show/play the different formats.

Changes since version 5.1.2

  • Bugfixes in compilation
  • Bugfixes in openoffice support
  • Workaround for a mozilla bug, preventing some crashes

Changes since version 5.0

  • Many bug fixes
  • Make install now installs plugger correctly for most browsers, including plugger-controller
  • Rewrote gobble routine to be faster and use less cpu
  • Added an openoffice helper script which makes OO 1.1 integrate much better with plugger
  • Now using autoconf to make installation easier
  • Plugger now uses m4 to allow macro-processing in pluggerrc
  • Added more status information to Help->About->About Plugins
  • Pluggerrc updated with all the latest applications
  • Mplayer integration fixed
  • No more zombie processes (I hope)

This is what you need:

Well, actually, most everything on this list is optional, but you'll get more use out of plugger if you have more of these installed on your system.
Plugger 5.1.3 Source
Plugger version 5.1.3, no binaries available anymore, since compilation is now much easier. If you want RPMs or DEBs, ask your distro maker.
mplayerDownloadThis will enable you to view AVI (including DivX), MPEG, quicktime, WAV files and much more..
TiMidity++Linux-x86-glibc2.0You need Timidity to play MIDI files.
Patch filesAll platformsTimidity needs these instruments to play MIDI files.
Xanim Linux-x86-glibc20
Solaris 2.5.1 (sparc)
Solaris 2.5.1 (x86)
Since mplayer can show just about everything that xanim can, xanim is now just a backup. Good to have if you're having troubles with mplayer. If you have any troubles with this, make sure you have the latest version or later of xanim. Please note that xanim isn't very good at showing MPEG video, so I would recommend installing mplayer instead.
mpg123Linux-x86-glibc2.0mpg123 is used to play MPEG audio files in streaming mode.
ogg123 Download Allows you to play OGG/Vorbis audio with plugger.
AlsaPlayerN/AAlsaplayer is a good player for MP3, WAV and MOD files.
MikmodMikmod is used to play Soundtracker/Protracker/Screamtracker MOD files.
XMPLinux-x86-glibc2.0 XMP is used by plugger to play Soundtracker/Protracker/Noisetracker and plenty of other MOD files.
SidplayLinux-x86-glibc20Sidplay emulates the Commodore 64 SID chip - only for nostalgia.
STsound STsound will allow you to play .ym files, which emulates an Atari ST sound chip
GQviewDownloadGQview will allow plugger to display most image types.
ImageMagickDownloadImageMagic's 'display' program will enable Plugger to display PNG, TIFF, BMP, Photoshop and other image formats.
gimp-perl (apt-get gimp-perl) Together with ImageMagic, this will enable plugger to show GIMP images.
GVDownloadGV (GhostView) will enable Plugger to display PDF and Postscript files.
Xpdf Xpdf will enable inline PDF reading in your mozilla.
abiwordDownloadAbiWord will allow you to view Microsoft Word and RTF files with Plugger.
GnumericDownloadFor Excel files.
Acrobat Reader Plugger can now inlinew pdf documents in your Mozilla using Acroread, which can be a good alternative to the acroread plugin. However, I usually prefer to use xpdf
Openoffice Openoffice will enable plugger to show word, excel, powerpoint and other office documents.
vrweb With vrweb, plugger can display vrml data as well.
XScreenSaver The "molecule" hack from screensaver will enable plugger to show PDB (Protein Data Bank) files.
All of the external programs above can also be used as Mozilla helpers, but you need Plugger to handle the <EMBED> tag. With Plugger your animations will show up in your Mozilla window exactly as it would in windows. With Plugger you will also see streaming MPEGs, which in my experience, is an entirely cool feature.

Note that you don't actually need all the programs above to use Plugger. If you don't have all the tools above, just edit the config file to fit your needs. The config file is normally installed in /etc/pluggerrc-5.1.3 or $HOME/.plugger/pluggerrc-5.1.3.

Installation procedure

  1. Download and untar the archive.
  2. Change directory into the Plugger directory.
  3. Run ./configure
  4. Run make
  5. If you have root access, do 'make install' as root. Otherwise, do 'make localinstall'.
  6. done!

Test your plugin

Now that you have Plugger installed you might want to test that it works. Proceed to the Plugger testing grounds.

If for some reason your plugin doesn't work, proceed to the troubleshooting page. You may also want to try older versions of Plugger which are available here.

What else should I get for my Mozilla?

  • shockwave - Macromedia flash player for linux.
  • RealAudio - Play audio without extreme downloads.

Problems? Questions? Suggestions? Check out the online forum.

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