a better quicktime
Monday, April 13, 2009 12:02:34 AM
Linux users have traditionally been plagued from deliberate lack of support from many big companies for Linux.
In the current particular case, Apple has never done QuickTime for Linux, and I'm happy they never did. People argue about QuickTime being one of the worst softwares done by Apple. But back on the matter, not having the QuickTime plugin means that webpages that actually check for it will not work. Fortunately, this situation is not THAT common.
However, it exists, for instance, Apple's movie trailers website.
So, what should Linux users do (and Windows users which do not have QuickTime installed) ?
I made a really simple script, which detects if the QuickTime plugin is installed, and if it's not, it just creates an entry on navigator.plugins with a fake QuickTime, and it works great. Note however, that if the webpage tries to manipulate the plugin with scripting, it will most likely fail, because the plugin used by the browser might not support QuickTime's scripting API..
You can test it on the link above.
EDIT: clarification - you need to have another plugin that can handle QuickTime, like the VLC plugin.