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Quicktime On Linux

I used to hate it when people emailed me links to Quicktime movies. Seems like everytime someone sends me one I have to go and download the installer all over again. Then I have to put up with those ads... "Upgrade to Pro?"

And there's no external codec so you really can't use it with any apps other than Quicktime itself.

And the poor useability on the Windows version. You click a Quicktime file in the Windows Explorer, Quicktime loads (as you would expect) but then you have to press play on the player. It's like they're not sure you really intended to watch the video, maybe you just wanted to admire the player... Honestly, it's like Apple is trying to tell you: "idiot! why didn't you just buy a Mac!"

My experience has been that it's just not very useful --at least for a windows or linux user. Seriously... I could bitch about this all night.

So, recently I was messing around with scripts for installing Mplayer on Knoppix. After installing Mplayer I was surprised to find that I was able to play Quicktime files. The scripts even installed a Quicktime viewing plugin into Mozilla and Konqueror. Linux really has come a long way. I'm not sure what the legal status is of Mplayer though. Wonder where I would go to find out about that. I remember chatting with Klaus about it once on Knoppix. He was saying that he didn't include it with Knoppix because there are some legal problems with Mplayer. Hmm.

Well... I have to admit that being able to look at Quicktime video on my Linux box is pretty sweet. Here's a few links that Anthony sent me. Warning though --that Ichi The Killer trailer is only for the most hardcore viewer...

Trailer: Ichi The Killer

Beat Takeshi as Zatoichi The Blind Swordsman Matrix Revolutions

(this was seriously slashdotted when I dl'ed the trailer, use wget -c if you can...)



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