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Howto stream wikimania2008 videos on linux

wikimania2008 videos is available on bibalex webcasting site. The really annoying thing is that it only runs on IE on window$ :S

They do feel funny too and display a warning "For better performance, please use Internet Explorer." .. as if it's only a performance issue...

anyway, cause i'm using FF on linux, and I hate such crap.. i looked in the page and i just did the following:

  1. make sure that that some packages are installed on your system:
    apt-get install mplayer w32codecs curl
  2. then, get the url you want to play.. the list of the pages is here
  3. then open a terminal, and copy the url of the page including the video (which displays that warning and stops) and type the following:
    url=http://webcast.bibalex.org/Cast/Video.aspx?ID=An14KBSePVBdD15uETq2Tw== ###Change that to the page you need to watch
    mplayer `curl $url | grep mms | awk {'print $8'} | awk -F \' {'print $2'}`

 enjoy :)

It works

Hey linuxawy
Thank you for the nice how-to, it really works great and hope everybody will use it in order to watch the events in Wikimania2008

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MS all over

The whole library is devoted to MS products.

The public terminals run on Windows.

Although I wasn't able to use them to check my email because their firewall prevents SSL on non-standard ports.

It's not that they're not aware of the benefits of FOSS, I'm sure their tech-persons have been exposed to OSS. It's just that like many public semi-government institutions no one has the courage to take the lead in such an issue. And not to mention that MS et. al. are keeping an eye on them and employing their contacts.

may be it's bigger than that?

I'm sure that the techi's there have been exposed to the FOSS world.. I know some of them use FF and even linux.. even some have used other variants than FOSS like Mac OSX.

but as you said.. it's a semi-government institute.. not everything are in the developers hands.. don't forget that microsoft has some agreements with the egyptian government :)

well i don't want to be hard on the developers, but i may try to be hard on the institute itself??

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Hi Linuxawy, Thanks for

Hi Linuxawy,
Thanks for trying to make my website more convenient for a wider set of users, that's what I call "a constructive act" instead of silly,of no use, type of comments.

Just to clear something up, by: "For better performance, please use Internet Explorer": I only meant that there are some functionalities I disabled in firefox & only works in IE.
I will sure try to make firefox users enjoy a better experience using the website & will have my high consideration.
And on the other side it's good to know people are using the website & giving comments. It will sure help making the website better.
thanks again,
Sahar Mostafa
The webcast Developer

it's not only about FireFox

thanks Sahar for your reply.. i'm happy that someone of bibalex is responding :)

of course we are all willing to make constructive acts, the heart of FOSS is that you don't just complain of what you don't like, but you make another solution.

Quote: "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete - R. Buckminster Fuller"

But the main point here is not that you disabled 'some' functionalities for FF users.. It's that you completely disabled the broadcasting service for everybody that don't use window$.. you closed it completely on everybody that runs any other OS. Should an institute as bibalex be only talking to who uses a product of a company already been accused of monopolizing the market through its OS and browser (which is exactly what you are helping in) in it's well known anti-trust case that was handled in the US, and there's another one which is European Union Microsoft competition case? I bet not. may be it's just a bug needs to be fixed which is normal in any site.

anyway, there's a simple, quick solution.. you can redirect non IE users to another page from IIS configurations, and in the new page just execute the mms://... link with any external program that handles mms streams in the clients' computer. and may be a hint like (if you can't see the stream then you should install a program that is capable of doing so such as VLC media player)... note that VLC is open source and free, so by typing its name in your site you can't be accused of directing people for a certain company's profit.. I hope i'm useful, and you can contact me anytime if you needed suggestions/help on root@(thisdomain) .. and sorry for making you read all that :)

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