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PostPosted: Sat 28 Jan 2012, 20:05    Post_subject:  

So if you don't have the plugin and firefox is sending things to VLC to play outside the browser, any bugs relating to the plugin and chrome are irrelevant - your problem is that your puppy is configured to tell chromium to use gnome-mplayer, not VLC.
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PostPosted: Sat 28 Jan 2012, 22:13    Post_subject:  

You may be right .... unlike in Firefox, I cannot check/manipulate "applications" in Chromium and importing from Firefox does not include preferences of the kind.

I do not know whether or not "the plugin" is on board, don't know how to check or what it looks like.
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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jan 2012, 08:44    Post_subject:  

The plugin is used to play things inside the browser, instead of opening a separate VLC window. If videos (other than Flash videos and maybe those new html5 video things that I've never seen) play inside Firefox, then you have the plugin is installed. But I don't think you do, because if you did I don't think you would need to configure Firefox to use VLC - it detects plugins automatically.

Some of your links indicate that the VLC browser plugin does not work properly in Chromium/Chrome, so you should probably try to find out how to tell Chrome to open things externally in VLC, instead of trying to find the browser plugin.
Alternatively, you could pursue the possibility of making gnome-mplayer and the gecko-mediaplayer play these file types. They play fine on normal distros without installing anything like a special "ubuntu restricted" package, but even on Ubuntu it sounds like they should work if that package is installed... If you want to pursue that option you might like to start a new thread.

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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jan 2012, 11:57    Post_subject:  

Not quite .... because no open-source distro comes with the non-free codecs.

I traced and installed some 15 "restricted" packages, maybe partly double or useless, which now indeed make the traditional players reproduce some of the *.wmv, *.avi and *.mpeg .... opened by Chromium.

My impression is that these "formats" each are in fact bundles of formats, as for instance not all *.wmv will play in Linux, so the "restricted" surrogates in Linux are never complete.

Nevertheless, Linux is sufficiently attractive to me, even though I cannot have all I want.
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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan 2012, 02:29    Post_subject:  

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Not quite .... because no open-source distro comes with the non-free codecs.

I guess it depends what you call an "open-source distro" then. For example, I don't need to install any extra packages like that to play avi and most wmv files on Arch linux. It does need an extra package to play slightly more obscure formats such as "Windows Media Video DMO" and recent realaudio versions - that is because these require windows dlls which are not open source. Most wmv and avi files etc are played with fully open source code.

I think Ubuntu may not include asf (or mpeg2, or mp3 encoding) support because people (Microsoft in the case of asf) claim they own patents on these formats... at least in the backward US.

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for instance not all *.wmv will play in Linux, so the "restricted" surrogates in Linux are never complete.

You can't play wmv files with encryption/DRM in Linux.

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