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    Default Firefox: choosing plugins manually

    Hi,
    I have much more plugins listed in Mozilla Firefox (Tools>Add-ons>Plugins)
    than I can choose per default (Edit>Preferences>Applications>Actions.
    Can I now choose some in the directory /usr/lib/browser-plugins and see if they fit (better) - especially for multimedia applications like video players or audio players? Should I delete some?

    pistazienfresser

    I am using now firefox 3.5.9 (both under GNOME and under KDE).

    Code:
    > su
    Password: 
    [...]:/usr/lib/browser-plugins # ls
    gxineplugin.so                  npwrapper.gxineplugin.so
    javaplugin.so                   npwrapper.libflashplayer.so
    libflashplayer.so               npwrapper.libskypebuttons.so
    libskypebuttons.so              npwrapper.libtotem-cone-plugin.so
    libtotem-cone-plugin.so         npwrapper.libtotem-gmp-plugin.so
    libtotem-gmp-plugin.so          npwrapper.libtotem-mully-plugin.so
    libtotem-mully-plugin.so        npwrapper.libtotem-narrowspace-plugin.so
    libtotem-narrowspace-plugin.so  npwrapper.libvlcplugin.so
    libvlcplugin.so                 npwrapper.mplayerplug-in-dvx.so
    mplayerplug-in-dvx.so           npwrapper.mplayerplug-in-gmp.so
    mplayerplug-in-dvx.xpt          npwrapper.mplayerplug-in-qt.so
    mplayerplug-in-gmp.so           npwrapper.mplayerplug-in-rm.so
    mplayerplug-in-gmp.xpt          npwrapper.mplayerplug-in.so
    mplayerplug-in-qt.so            npwrapper.mplayerplug-in-wmp.so
    mplayerplug-in-qt.xpt           npwrapper.nppdf.so
    mplayerplug-in-rm.so            npwrapper.packagekit-plugin.so
    mplayerplug-in-rm.xpt           npwrapper.so
    mplayerplug-in.so               npwrapper.xineplugin.so
    mplayerplug-in-wmp.so           packagekit-plugin.so
    mplayerplug-in-wmp.xpt          xine-logo.ogg
    mplayerplug-in.xpt              xine-logo.png
    nppdf.so                        xineplugin.so

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    DenverD NNTP User

    Default Re: Firefox: choosing plugins manually

    pistazienfresser wrote:
    > Should I delete some?


    my best advice would be to install *only* those that you need, and no
    others...

    i say that because i have experienced that the more there are
    installed the slower (and therefore more IE-like) and more error prone
    is firefox..

    just because it is free and available is not a great reason to install
    any particular software on a linux machine...decide what you need
    first, and then look for it....and, if there are several different
    addons which say they will give you what you need, then try several,
    one at a time...maybe a few days each and then decide which ONE to
    leave installed..

    bottom line: the more up put into firefox the slower and less stable
    it will be..

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    Default Re: Firefox: choosing plugins manually

    Thanks DenverD,
    I made an equal experience like you did a time ago with the extensions for Mozilla firefox - usually I use not much more than 5 (some, like a German and an English dictionary have to be there) .
    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    pistazienfresser wrote:
    > Should I delete some?


    my best advice would be to install *only* those that you need, and no
    others...
    [...]
    ..and, if there are several different
    addons which say they will give you what you need, then try several,
    one at a time...maybe a few days each and then decide which ONE to
    leave installed..
    Does anybody know a test side with many multimedia formats on? I want test the abilities of the audio and video players and the connected handlers ("plugins"). Do these plugins really have an effect if they are not marked to handle multimedia files in the preferences?

    Greetings pistazienfresser

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    Question Re: Firefox: choosing plugins manually

    P. S.
    Is there anywhere an other directory for the multimedia handlers ("Plugins")? I have installed the vlc player from the packman repository and its plugin for mozilla firefox and can see 2 plugins with vlc in its names also under Firefox>Tools>Add-ons>Plugins but cannot see anything with vlc under the directory /usr/lib/browser-plugins.
    Greetings
    pistazienfresser

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