Bug#792728: VLC should suggest on browser-plugin-vlc

Rémi Denis-Courmont remi at remlab.net
Sun Oct 25 10:20:27 UTC 2015

On Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:33:46 -0400 John Scott <lorenzo567 at outlook.com> wrote:
> I think that VLC should suggest browser-plugin-vlc because it is a part of 
> VLC.

Chromium is dropping support for NPAPI and Firefox is to follow suit. Thus I 
don´t think there is much point in recommending or suggesting the browser 
plugin. At least not anymore.

Given that we have no alternatives to offer, I cannot advise people to deploy 
the NPAPI plugin when I know full well that it will stop working sooner rather 
than later. I don´t think Debian and/or VideoLAN can influence the decision to 
deprecate NPAPI.

> Also, most online VLC installation tutorials tell their readers to 
> install both VLC and the browser plugin. Unfortunately, the browser plugin
> has  to be set to manually installed despite VLC being the only reason for
> it being  on the system.

> (After all, browser-plugin-vlc depends on VLC.)

That´s only because of the package split in Debian. In particular, some of the 
LibVLC plugins that the browser plugin needs are in the "vlc" package.

There are no actual dependencies between the VLC browser plugin and the stand-
alone VLC program.

IMHO, this bug should be closed as wontfix.

Rémi Denis-Courmont

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