Mozilla currently can't use netscape 4.x for linux plugins, which may limit mozilla's acceptance. Also, if mozilla for linux could be made to use win32 netscape 4.x plugins (via winelib mabye?), or even win32 mozilla plugins, that would be a nice addition.
Summary: Backwards compatability and win32 compatability → [RFE] Plugins on linux: win32/backwards compatiblity
a similar request for linux is in bug 31012 (with a patch to do it I think). This is related, but not exactly a dup... but maybe some of that code might be helpful.
This is not a dup because I am also wondering about plugins designed for the win32 version of netscape 4.x
The request for Linux Mozilla to support Linux Nav4.x plug-ins as-is in the general case is INVALID (impossible, in fact) because of the Motif (GUI for Nav4 Linux) to GTK (GUI for Mozilla Linux) changeover. See http://www.mozilla.org/docs/plugin.html#linux for details. In bug 31012 they've been doing some work to enable *modified* Nav4.x plug-ins for Linux to work within Mozilla, which is great, but this still depends on plug-in vendors or their partners making modifications to plug-in source (to eliminate GUI-specific assumptions on the code) and recompiling. If other vendors or Internet contributors want to work on enabling that approach, I welcome their help, but Netscape can't commit to enable this for FCS. The request for Linux Mozilla to support Win32 plug-ins via WINE is a nice idea but unfortunately it's a blue-sky "nice to have" given the current schedule. Netscape Navigator has never done this before in the past and Netscape is not committing to implement new enhancement requests for FCS at this point. Nor do I expect that Netscape will attempt this in the foreseeable future; it would be really hard, it would have to be debugged one plug-in at a time, and I'm skeptical that we'd ever get many plug-ins working in that fashion. It will take plug-in vendors less time to support Linux natively (with better user experience and reliability) than it will for Netscape to try to shoehorn Win32 binaries onto Linux in this fashion, so lobbying plug-in vendors to support Linux is the more realistic option and will produce better results sooner for Linux users. For info about backward compatibility with Win32 plug-in binaries, see http://www.mozilla.org/docs/plugin.html Very sorry to be such a wet blanket but unfortunately that's part of my job at this stage of the game! Since a single Bugzilla report should be about a single issue, changing summary to "want Linux Mozilla to support Win32 plug-in binaries via WINE." Reassigning to firstname.lastname@example.org and marking WONTFIX and helpwanted. If an Internet contributor would like to attempt this, their contribution would be welcome!
Status: ASSIGNED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 18 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
Summary: [RFE] Plugins on linux: win32/backwards compatiblity → [RFE] want Linux Mozilla to support Win32 plug-in binaries via WINE
Status: RESOLVED → VERIFIED
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