Beta Release Of Windows and Linux Players

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Sneak peak of new Windows and Linux Players. Please keep in mind that the below are beta releases so please don't use for production purposes just yet, and if you have problems or questions please be sure to let us know right here in the community. FYI the Linux version supports 32 and 64 bit environments and both Windows and Linux versions can use all current content (web components) as it ships with Chrome 44.

Thanks!

Windows
http://install-versions.risevision.com/RiseVisionPlayer.exe

Linux
http://install-versions.risevision.com/rvplayer-installer.sh
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Posted 3 years ago

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Awesome, looking forward to this! Will the native player on Linux be able to reboot the hardware, or will I still have to rely on crontab?
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Hi Nathan, yes, it supports reboot. Thanks
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Great news, looking forward to it!
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Please note the URL's to the installers have been updated in the original post above. Thanks!
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Will the new Windows player be able to span displays for expanded desktops like the Chrome App player did?
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Wayne,

We'll be testing this today and get back to you on the functionality!
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Awesome, thank you!
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Explain me, please, how this is advantageous when compared to the existing RV player app for Chrome on Windows.
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I'm a little lost, where does the Chrome App Player stand with all of this? Is Rise going back to it's original roots?
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Darius, AdGators, the community has had issues with the Chrome App Player where Chrome would restart on a Chrome Update and not restart the app, Chrome automatically updates to the latest version and in one particularly bad case broke content for a bit longer than a week, the Windows and Linux 3rd party tools and scripts that we used to try and start Chrome App Players that were not being restarted on a Chrome Update had issues where they would sometimes restart more than one copy of the Player and this would cause additional issues, and finally we can't restart the media player itself due to security restrictions for the Chrome App, for all of these reasons we listened to the community and updated the Windows and Linux Player and have reintroduced them to give the community more options. The Windows and Linux Players can be restarted, we control what Chrome version they use, and they have a built in and reliable watch dog to restart Chrome if it fails. Which Player the community chooses to use is up to what you are comfortable with. We just wanted to give those who were having issues with Chrome Apps some options. Hope that helps. Thanks!
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Very nice, I imagine another instance like the chrome v42.x crash of '15, won't be occurring in the future, I will give the new linux shell script a look over...currently we're working quite nicely with the Chrome App Player...I expect Rise will continue to support both prior and current-stable versions of Chrome/Chromium in the future?
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AdGators I don't see why we wouldn't.... Thanks!
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I'm really excited for this! I will be putting together quite a number of displays in the next month or two and I'm just wondering, is there even a rough ETA for the final version of the native player?
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Hi Nathan, by the end of September at the latest. In the interim feel free to use the above. They are on the auto upgrade path. Thanks!
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Good news, Byron, Thanks!
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Will the new player version be able to be utilized in a video wall setup where it extends the image across multiple screen? Like the app player currently does? 
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update on the stable version of these?
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Hi JPC, if the desktop is extended across the displays it will play across multiple screens. Does that answer your question.

Hi J Tarnai, these are stable and available now here https://help.risevision.com/user/create-a-display. The automatic updating of all existing native app players is on hold because of compatibility issues between Linux 12.X versions and current Chrome and we are currently investigating that before we resume staggered autoupgrades. But you are more than welcome to use the current version and upgrade existing installations manually if you want to. Thanks!
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Hello,
I miss that announce. That is very good but I'm a bit puzzled about the longer term strategy.
Does it mean that a step back is made for the version based on Chrome extension?
What is then the long term strategy for Chromeboxes ?
I've seen the reply from Byron about the reason of the Linux and Windows specific clients and it makes sense. But what about the future of the Chrome based version ?
Thanks.
THierry  
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Hey Thierry, there hasn't been an announcement as of yet as we are still working out the auto upgrade process as per my note above. Once that is done we will officially announce that this is rolling out.

In terms of where to for the Chrome App we will continue to support it for the foreseeable future and work with Google to improve Chrome OS and Apps but due to all of the reasons discussed already we feel we need other options for those that don't want to use Chrome OS and the Chrome App. 

Thanks!
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Thanks a lot Byron.
That is important for me to know since we plan to roll-out Rise based on Chromebox.
By the way, as I undertsand, the Windows and Linux version anyways rely on Chrome and Rise Chrome extension to get content. Such specific clients adds extra administration capabilities to better control and monitor the Chrome process. Do you confirm ?
Have a perfect day.
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Hi Thierry, the Windows and Linux versions rely on Chrome but not an extension. But maybe I am misunderstanding the question?

The Windows and Linux versions can control the Chrome version (important to remain a few versions behind) without Chrome Device Management, they have an independent watchdog, complete control of the deployment process (we can stagger and beta test just like we are doing now, and chrome won't spontaneously restart and possibly not restart the app) and they report local IP of the Player in the new Display App (http://displays.risevision.com). Does that help?

And you have a perfect day as well!

Thanks
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HI Byron,
My perception is that Rise client requires (1) Chrome as a fundation and (2) the Rise Chrome extension. It is not clear then for me if, for the Linux and Windows client,  the Rise Chrome extension is still needed.
Thanks.
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Hey Thierry, let me circle a colleague (Tyler) in on this to make sure that I am not getting this wrong. Which could very well be happening ;-). Thanks
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Hi Thierry, the extension you linked to is actually our Chrome App.  It's a standalone solution that works with chrome os.  If you're running Linux or Windows you don't need it.  You'd only need one of the players linked at the top of this post.  
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Very clear and thanks to Byron and Tyler.
Is there somewhere a positioning paper describing the supported features for one or the other platform? For instance, the interaction with the OS may be very opened with Linux and Windows while more limited with Chrome OS where the RiseVison client works within a Chrome extension sandbox.