Real Readies Linux, Unix Clients

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2004-06-28 Print this article Print

The open-source versions of RealNetworks' media player look promising.

Almost a year ago, RealNetworks announced plans to develop an open-source version of its media player.

A couple of weeks ago, the fruit of that project reached a beta state of ripeness with the release of test versions of Reals Helix Player and RealPlayer 10 clients for Linux and Unix.

I took both clients out for a spin and found that both worked well on their own and as plug-ins for the Firefox browser I use.

The clients sport a slick interface based on the same GTK2 tool kit on which GNOME is built. The interface is a major improvement over that of the very old RealPlayer 8 client.

I think the best thing about Reals media clients for Linux is that these clients lack all the annoying pop-ups and forced-registration dialogs that infest Reals RealOne client for Windows.

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As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at

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