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EE Times : Plug-ins to enhance browsers of Linux-based appliances

May 09, 2001, 04:12 (22 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to James for this link. ]

CodeWeavers, which produces a version of Wine with a graphical installer, is bringing ShockWave and QuickTime plug-ins to embedded Linux browsing. The plug-ins are optimized for the Geode platform, but the company says it will be introducting desktop versions of the for Linux later this year.

"Looking to narrow the gap in features between Windows- and Linux-based platforms, CodeWeavers Inc. has developed a series of browser plug-ins such as Shockwave and QuickTime for Linux-based Internet appliances.

CodeWeavers' Crossover plug-in software, scheduled for a May 15 launch, will be offered to Internet appliance manufacturers building platforms that run Linux or any Unix-like operating system.

Browsers have been identified as a particular problem of Internet appliances, said Jeremy White, president and founder of CodeWeavers, a 20-person company based in St. Paul, Minn. Many Linux-based Internet appliances "have browsers that simply did not work well, and often disappoint users due to the [platform's] lack of support for various popular plug-ins," White said."

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