So Joey and Manoj are having a `friendly' discussing about the best way to
implement an installer package for realplayer, I wondered how the other
distributions do it.
Now I have not bothered to look because I am to lazy, but my best guess is
that RedHat includes a copy of the Realplayer code. They have talked to
RealNetworks and sorted this all out, the version of RealPlayer that the
current Debian installer uses is the rpm. So maybe we could do the same, ask
for permission to include the code in a .deb in non-free on our mirror sites,
and on non-free CDs.
I know that this would mean that we would be going out of the way to support
non-free software, but so is an installer.
In September 1999 I sent an e-mail to RealNetworks asking them about this
idea. When I got the following response in December 1999 I gave up:
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 1999 20:57:06 -0800
Subject: Realplayer for Debian GNU/Linux [#6430953]
Thanks for contacting RealNetworks Technical Support.
Please note that RealPlayer G2 will be available on the following operating
systems at some point in the future:
If you are interested in seeing the RealPlayer G2 ported to a different
operating system than those listed, please send your plan, including the
amount you or your organization is willing to pay RealNetworks for this
development, via post to the following:
1111 3rd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Attn: Dave Hardwick, Technical Support Manager
There is an ALPHA version of G2 available on our Developer site for testing
only. There is no technical suppport available for this product, but you can
submit a bug or issue a report at email@example.com (where are the devleopers
hang out and answer questions.). Until the product is more stable and signed
off by every department, it will not be supported technically from the
department I reside in.
Thanks for your interest in the RealPlayer.
Wish you Merry Christmas!!
RealNetworks Authorized Support Provider.
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