Real Player 11
Real Player 11 is out and this time it’s pretty easy to install it on linux.
Although a bit useless, you do come across the rare rmvb file every now and then and it can play windows media files.
First you’ll need to download the .bin file here.
(rpm files are available, but ubuntu users can’t use those)
After you downloaded it, right-click the file and press “properties”.
Go to the “permissions” tab and choose “allow executing file as program”.
You’ll noticed it created a folder. Double click the “realplay” file in that folder (called realplayer).
When the prompt comes, just press “run”.
You’ll have to press next a few times (windows flashback :p ) and it’s installed.
You’ll want to move that “realplayer” folder somewhere in your /home folder. If you delete it, real player won’t work.
The program now be accessed in the “sound & video” section of the “applications” menu.
If it isn’t there for some reason, you can add it to the “sound & video” section by linking it to the “realplay” file in the “realplayer” folder (or just double click that file to launch the player).
Edit on 31/05/08:
I forgot to mention that real player screws up your icons. For one it will change all your mp3 icons to real player icons.
A solution can be found here. In that thread they give 2 options, either replace the icons manually or use a script provided to remove all real players icons (completely removing real player should also do the trick :p ).
This is yet another reason to avoid real player and see if other media players play the real player format.