divx 5 released for linux

By Phantasm66 ยท 11 replies
Mar 20, 2002
  1. previously only version 4 has been available since the release of 5 for PC and Mac just recently.... but I see that the lovely people at divx have now sorted us out for linux as well for version 5! well done chaps!


    unzip the tar to your home dir, then su to root and then run


    and its as easy as that!

    Now I can watch my new star wars episode 2 trailers!
  2. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    WARNING: This may do the same as DivX for the PC.
    The free version now comes with Gator GAIN which is adware that runs GMT.exe on startup and can only be removed by uninstalling DivX.

    Its been grabbing all my CPU cycles on occasion so I have been killing it manually because I like having DivX. Might have to pay for the Pro version to get rid of the adware....
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    Well, this is the contents of the tar file:


    This just looks like divx itself, an installer (which probably just copies the files to the correct locations) and some release notes and a licence text file..... no sign of anything more sinister in there....

    Again, another reason to use Linux! You can be free, for the most part, of all that annoying BS!
  4. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Yeah but there aren't ports of the latest games.
    DirectX has seen to that. I haven't seen anything about good games support in Linux. If I didn't play games I would be using linux completely ;)
  5. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Posts: 672

    I've been irritated by this "feature" as well. However, I've found that the Gator is started in a registry entry. I haven't tried deleting that though. You tried anything like that?

    It doesn't seem to be grabbing any CPU cycles from my PC though.
  6. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I think this laptop is just a tad dodgy and since I am trying to convince my bosses to get it replaced I'm not that bothered about trying to fix it ;)
    I'm gonna try deleting the reg entry now.

    Well removed the registry entries for Gator and rebooted.
    DivX still works and GMT.exe doesn't get started.
  7. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Posts: 672

    Alright! That's good news. Will be doing that to mine now :D
  8. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Don't you have a PS2? HL:CS runs in Linux, what else do you need? :)
  9. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    LOL... :haha:
    Last time I installed Linux it was one of the first Red Hats and before that it was from 31 disks downloaded with instructions in german...
    Might consider dual booting.
    So Linux and WINE you suggest do you?
    I'll consider it, but remember I'll probably end up bloating the "Installing linux for the first time (dual boot)" post ;)
  10. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    That's no problem.... Actually, there may well be an "Installing Linux" guide on the site soon....
  11. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I'll just wait for that then :)
    Although having installed Linux from floppies years ago I am sure I could manage with the new friendlier linux ;)
  12. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Posts: 672

    Things have changed a LOOOTTT since then my friend. Nowadays, all you have to do is pop in the CD, let it boot, select a few options and away you go. Make sure you know where to put LILO/GRUB though :D
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