Plugins and Mozilla RC3.

By Mark Nielsen

  1. Purpose
  2. Real Player
  3. Flash
  4. Acrobat Reader
  5. Plugger
  6. Conclusion
  7. References


The purpose of this article is just to show how I installed various plugins with Mozilla. Getting all the basic plugins to work is one of the last things (besides a spellchecker) which I need to make it so I never use Netscape again. I installed Mozilla RC3 at /usr/local/mozilla and created a file called "/usr/bin/mozilla" with the following contents:
#export XENVIRONMENT=/usr/local/mozilla/
export NPX_PLUGIN_PATH=/usr/local/Acrobat4/Browsers/intellinux
export PATH=/usr/local/Acrobat4/bin:$PATH

Real Player

Real Player was pretty easy. Just download the free Real Player and copy and to the mozilla plugins directory.

Flash Player

I downloaded the Flash Player and copied into the mozilla plugins directory.

Acrobat Reader

This was a little more complicated, but I was thrilled when I got a pdf document embedded into a webpage.
  1. Install Acrobat at "/usr/local/Acrobat4".
  2. Copy into the mozilla plugins directory.
  3. mv /usr/bin/mozilla /usr/bin/mozilla_old
  4. Create a /usr/bin/mozilla script with the following content:
    export NPX_PLUGIN_PATH=/usr/local/Acrobat4/Browsers/intellinux
    export PATH=/usr/local/Acrobat4/bin:$PATH
  5. chmod 755 /usr/bin/mozilla


Plugger is a really cool plugin that connects your browser to all sorts of stuff like audio files, postscript, excel document, word document, etc. Follow the instructions on how to install Plugger. At the end of the instructions, copy into the mozilla plugins directory. I was using a RedHat 7.2 system.

After I installed plugger, I got the following to work:
PluginAt firstAfter installing more software
QuicktimenoYes, after I installed xanim. Very slow.
AVInoYes, after I installed xanim. Very slow.
MPGnoYes, after I installed xanim. Very slow.
FLInoYes, after I installed xanim. Very slow.
WAVyes as external 
Basic Audionono
MPEG audio FIleyes 
MPEG_url fileyes as external 
CommadorenoYes, after I installed /usr/local/bin/sidplay
PNGyes, but mozilla already did this. 
Sun Rasteryes 
MS Bitmapyes 
Acrobatyes, but I already got it to work. 
MS Wordyes 
MS Excelyes 


None, other than this is great and I am glad I finally don't need Netscape for anything (I never really used it anymore anyways). The only thing I might recommend is not to use plugger for videos ,like mpeg, as it was just too slow. Gtv was much faster for mpeg compared to using plugger and xanim.



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