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Run Netflix On OpenSUSE

timothy posted about a year ago | from the pulling-pixels dept.

Media 128

sfcrazy writes "Ironically while Netflix's infrastructure runs on Linux and Open Source technologies, the service doesn't support Linux, the platform. Netflix is available for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and Chrome OS but not for desktop Linux. One of the reasons could be that Netflix still uses Microsoft's Silverlight which is not supported on Linux. However Linux users have managed to get it to work on their distros. Now openSUSE users can also run Netflix using Pipelight."

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WOW even the summary is wrong (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763101)

Various versions of Silverlight has been available for Linux for a long time. Not that anyone would want to use it. But lack of silverlight has nothing to do with them not supporting Linux. Or does the article submitter not even know that chrome, android etc are actually Linux varieties? does he think they somehow magically understand Silverlight.

Re:WOW even the summary is wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763567)

WOW even the summary is wrong

This is Slashdot. This amazes you why?

Re:WOW even the summary is wrong (2)

Desler (1608317) | about a year ago | (#45763665)

It's just some guy spamming his website here for page hits. Pipelight was already posted about here back in August [slashdot.org] .

Re:WOW even the summary is wrong (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45764217)

The registrant of muktware.com in the summary link is Swapnil Bhartiya, which is administered through gandi.net by using a pseudo drop in a complex located at 4118 36th Street South, Apt A1, Arlington, Virginia [google.com] .

Re:WOW even the summary is wrong (0, Troll)

deviated_prevert (1146403) | about a year ago | (#45764405)

Various versions of Silverlight has been available for Linux for a long time. Not that anyone would want to use it. But lack of silverlight has nothing to do with them not supporting Linux. Or does the article submitter not even know that chrome, android etc are actually Linux varieties? does he think they somehow magically understand Silverlight.

As an obvious Microsurf troll I must re-mod you to plus 5 for frost pist, first post, out of the gate before the freaking horse jockey and a wonderful avoidance of the topic of the OP. WHICH IS WHY NO NETFLIX FOR LINUX DESKTOPS. A netflix interface would not even have to be distro specific it could work on all distros without a system wide installation and could be distributed as a simple tar.gz that unzip and just run from you home folder dead stupid simple unlike silverblight with all the system hooks and crooks.

The simple reason is that Nutflax like other online streaming a/v content viewing software systems does not see profit in coding for a limited number of users. OR the real truth which is bullshit politics from Microsoft, the MPEGLA, the RIAA, the MPAA, Sony, Apple and ongoing desperate measures to keep Linux distros out of the main stream consumer market. AND WHY DO YOU ask because they would get there ass kicked down the road by Mint Linux or even UBUNTU if the public ever caught on to how easy these systems are to use or setup, maintain, the incredible number of older devices like my t42 ibm laptop (that runs like a Russian tank in winter) and will not quit. And the number one answer is the simple fact that most Linux savy and experienced users are too cheap to send money to a cloud based ripp off moovee rental company. And like myself, believe that paying for today's garbage from SONY PICTURES, WALT Businey, TIME WARNER is not worth 8 dollars a month when Youtube and other interesting distractions have HTML5 for free and you do not even have to rely upon the assholes at adobe any longer. LOL GO HOME AND PLAY WITH YOUR SURFACE TABLET UNDER A BRIDGE YOU TROLL. GRRR let people who actually use Linux have the honours of getting in the frosty pist for a change eor // which means end of rand you uncircumcised moron!

Re:WOW even the summary is wrong (1)

Chrisq (894406) | about a year ago | (#45765541)

Various versions of Silverlight has been available for Linux for a long time. Not that anyone would want to use it. But lack of silverlight has nothing to do with them not supporting Linux.

And none of the open ones allow you to view Netflix [tumblr.com]

Re:WOW even the summary is wrong (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about a year ago | (#45766057)

It is indeed. For example, it starts with:

Ironically while Netflix's infrastructure runs on Linux

And even Phoronix [phoronix.com] managed to get that one right...

Works like a charm on Ubuntu two (5, Informative)

jonnyj (1011131) | about a year ago | (#45763103)

Instructions are here: http://www.webupd8.org/2013/08/pipelight-use-silverlight-in-your-linux.html [webupd8.org]

I've been using it for several week with Netflix on Ubuntu 12.04 and 13.10. It also works with Eurosport Player.

Re:Works like a charm on Ubuntu two (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | about a year ago | (#45763395)

Now just put that into SteamOS...

Re:Works like a charm on Ubuntu two (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763479)

Wouldn't be much more difficult than any other distro.

Re:Works like a charm on Ubuntu two (3, Informative)

DavidClarkeHR (2769805) | about a year ago | (#45763497)

Instructions are here: http://www.webupd8.org/2013/08/pipelight-use-silverlight-in-your-linux.html [webupd8.org]

I've been using it for several week with Netflix on Ubuntu 12.04 and 13.10. It also works with Eurosport Player.

Great. Now get it working on QNX, and my blackberry playbook is useful. In 2011.

Re:Works like a charm on Ubuntu two (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763939)

Instructions are here: http://www.webupd8.org/2013/08/pipelight-use-silverlight-in-your-linux.html [webupd8.org]

I've been using it for several week with Netflix on Ubuntu 12.04 and 13.10. It also works with Eurosport Player.

Great. Now get it working on QNX, and my blackberry playbook is useful. In 2011.

Blackberry offered to develop it for netflix themselves, netflix I guess doesn't want it? http://www.techvibes.com/blog/research-in-motion-desperately-wants-netflix-on-blackberry-2012-05-22

Re:Works like a charm on Ubuntu two (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45764129)

Why would they (Netflix) care? Blackberry is an obsolete piece of shit.

Re:Works like a charm on Ubuntu two (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45766533)

Ubuntu two

Wait is that the fork that removed Unity?

Ironic? (3, Informative)

PNutts (199112) | about a year ago | (#45763107)

No. The word I'm thinking is plagiarism. With the exception of the last sentence the summary was lifted from the ./muktware site with only one word changed.

I don't see a problem. (1)

barlevg (2111272) | about a year ago | (#45763137)

As long as he called it, please, "resarch." [youtube.com]

Re:I don't see a problem. (1)

barlevg (2111272) | about a year ago | (#45763179)

bah, stupid fat fingers. Obviously that should have read "research," unless you buy that I was going for a Russian accent there...

Re:I don't see a problem. (4, Funny)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about a year ago | (#45763413)

If only a post "preview" was available..

Re:I don't see a problem. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45766785)

As long as he called it, please, "resarch."

There's nothing wrong with doing research and quoting someone. The problem with Slashdot summaries, isn't that they are copied word for word from the article. The problem is they don't attribute those words to the author, but instead to the submitter. This plagiarism has been going on for ages, so it's obvious the editors are fine with it.

Re:Ironic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45764245)

No. The word I'm thinking is plagiarism. With the exception of the last sentence the summary was lifted from the ./muktware site with only one word changed.

The submitter, sfcrazy, is probably related to the website; which would mean he's only inaccurately reproducing his own work.

Slow day? (4, Informative)

infinitelink (963279) | about a year ago | (#45763131)

Dated much? Use of Pipelight to run Netflix on linux distros has been long available, publicized, shows for every search of "run Netflix on Linux", so...why is this here?

Right... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763165)

You are new around here, aren't you???

Re:Right... (2)

infinitelink (963279) | about a year ago | (#45763233)

Unfortunately, no. It's not that I am unaware that Slashdot lags, just surprised at the greatness of lag in this particular instance. I mean, it is a lag of many months or more, not days or weeks. Pipelight's been around a while--check out Slashdot's own earlier story: http://slashdot.org/story/13/08/19/2311245/netflix-comes-to-linux-web-browsers-via-pipelight [slashdot.org] One wonders whether the editors (there are editors, right?) here actually pay attention to submission or if it's all auto-run.

Re:Right... (1)

SIR_Taco (467460) | about a year ago | (#45764613)

Editors!?! We don't need no stinkin' editors!

Re:Right... (1)

worf_mo (193770) | about a year ago | (#45764967)

there are editors, right?

Editors on this site have been :qa! some time ago.

Re:Slow day? (1)

msobkow (48369) | about a year ago | (#45763267)

Yeah, but the submitter hadn't tried it, so that makes it "news".

Re:Slow day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763637)

No, the submitter is just continuing his crapflood of spam [slashdot.org] to slashdot plugging his crumby website fuktware.

Link to Oringinal Source [wordpress.com] , indeed.

Re:Slow day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763493)

Yeah. Slow news day article. Maybe they will post one because Angry Birds doesn't run on any cellphone infrastructure equipment, and also calling it "ironic"

Don't forget FreeBSD (4, Informative)

ZorkZero (6507) | about a year ago | (#45763133)

The OS doing the heavy lifting (serving the actual video, up to 1/3 of the traffic on the net during peak hours) is FreeBSD.

Re:Don't forget FreeBSD (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763155)

Never heard of it. Is that Linux?

I tried to go to www.freebsd.com but get a name server error, unable to determine IP address for this server, whatever the hell that means.

Re:Don't forget FreeBSD (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763509)

http://www.freebsd.org/

Re:Don't forget FreeBSD (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about a year ago | (#45764493)

"serving the actual video, up to 1/3 of the traffic on the net" - Huh, that's strange. Are you sure? Because caching and collocation is a thing, you know?

Re:Don't forget FreeBSD (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about a year ago | (#45766091)

Not the original poster, but yes, I'm sure. Well, not quite. He meant to say 1/3 of the traffic on the Internet in the USA, but this is Slashdot and so the Internet and the USA get mixed up quite often. Netflix runs their own CDN, which runs FreeBSD. Scott Long has given a few talks about their infrastructure. They do some quite crazy things with aio to pull 1MB chunks of a load of films into RAM and then dump them out over the network (it turns out people seek quite a lot, so being too aggressive in the prefetching isn't always a win, and you've got a lot of concurrent clients so it's easy to run out of RAM if you pull too much in).

Re:Don't forget FreeBSD (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45764511)

All 7 users of BSD are very proud of that fact.

Re:Don't forget FreeBSD (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45764605)

https://signup.netflix.com/openconnect/software

Operating System
For the operating system, we use FreeBSD version 9.0. This was selected for its balance of stability and features, a strong development community and staff expertise. We will contribute changes we make as part of our project to the community through the FreeBSD committers on our team.

Re:Don't forget FreeBSD (1)

utkonos (2104836) | about a year ago | (#45764759)

Yep. Article is incorrect about Netflix running its infrastructure on Linux. It is running it on FreeBSD.

Re:Don't forget FreeBSD (5, Interesting)

CrankyFool (680025) | about a year ago | (#45765041)

I work at Netflix, on the Cloud and Platform Engineering side, responsible for doing some stuff in the cloud. We use both Linux and FreeBSD -- Our cloud infrastructure runs on Linux, so all the API calls, license calls, logging in etc is hitting Linux servers. And once you start downloading a movie, you're downloading it from one of our caches, which runs on FreeBSD.

Netflix runs on linux. (3, Interesting)

Lumpy (12016) | about a year ago | (#45763289)

Every BluRay player that has netflix on it is running Linux. so they are lying when they say they do not support it. My Panasonic BluRay states it runs linux in the manual and the License information, and there is Netflix right there on it.

Netflix does not support a generic distro because they dont want to bother supporting it.

Re:Netflix runs on linux. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763359)

It is a simple business decision. There are a hell of a lot of Linux install out there running on server, unfortunately, relatively few people use it as their primary computer OS. In the programmer echo chamber yes, everyone uses Linux, at least everyone who is *anyone*, but when you bring the other 97% of the population into the mix it becomes pretty much a rounding error. They have to decide whether the resources to support a generic distro with all the possible things that could go wrong is worth the team of programmers they would have to pay to do it, and the army of front line phone support personnel. Overnight, Linux version could be eating up 1/2 of their support dollars for 1% of the user base. As for hardware devices, Android, etc, they have specific apps written to run for them. Different thing, and much larger user base. Not having an Android app would be insanity for them.

Re:Netflix runs on linux. (2)

zippthorne (748122) | about a year ago | (#45763475)

They don't have to support linux. All they need to do is provide an API and the community will take care of it for them. Not sure how the DRM part would work, though. Is DRM possible with open source software? Could they provide binary blob of just that part?

Re:Netflix runs on linux. (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year ago | (#45764095)

well, that's what pipelight amounts to.

but if pipelight doesn't honor hdcp shit, then they're screwed if they officially support it.

Re:Netflix runs on linux. (3, Informative)

DarwinSurvivor (1752106) | about a year ago | (#45764211)

Pipelight is a LOT more than a binary blob DRM module. It is an entire instance of Silverlight running in Wine. My laptop hits 100 celcius with the fan at FULL speed watching Netflix. I can do full 3D gaming and it only hits about 70 or 80.

Re:Netflix runs on linux. (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763485)

Uhm, I run linux on my servers AND it's my primary computer OS. Linux has been my primary desktop for well over 10 years now. We are not a 1% user base and since we actually know a thing or two about computers we demand a proportionately smaller amount of support time. In fact, I'd argue that we as linux users are more often than not providing support to the front line phone personal by pointing them directly to the problem.

The media industry simply refuses to allow any media play back no a device or OS that isn't completely locked down. THAT is why there is no native linux client.

Re:Netflix runs on linux. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763699)

The media industry simply refuses to allow any media play back no a device or OS that isn't completely locked down. THAT is why there is no native linux client.

Duh. And please, wash your Captain Obvious suit, there's a nasty stain on it.

Re:Netflix runs on linux. (1)

Gavagai80 (1275204) | about a year ago | (#45764423)

Meanwhile, that same media industry has most of their content on Hulu supporting linux perfectly. No, it's not the media, it's netflix.

Re:Netflix runs on linux. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45765991)

Linux has been my primary desktop for well over 10 years now

Bragging about 10 years of Linux usage in 2013

Re:Netflix runs on linux. (1)

rosseloh (3408453) | about a year ago | (#45766739)

Nothing wrong with that. 10 Years in 2013 is close to half the time "Linux" has been available.

Besides, that AC could very well be like me: relatively young. I was 14 ten years ago. I didn't start playing with Linux and the like until maybe 2006, but that doesn't mean I can't feel slightly proud that I eventually figured it out, even if it's 2013.

Re:Netflix runs on linux. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763483)

*Because they're run by cunts

Re:Netflix runs on linux. (2)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | about a year ago | (#45763743)

The code to run netflix on your Bluray player and any other smart appliance has a binary blob they interface with to do the actual work. They can't "release the source" and honestly, the solution is different for every smart appliance out there, even if it runs linux

Re:Netflix runs on linux. (2)

Bengie (1121981) | about a year ago | (#45763763)

Yes, running Linux with a custom DRM binary. You can get the GPL'd Linux code form the Bluray maker, but you won't get the part that's required to decode the streams.

Re:Netflix runs on linux. (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about a year ago | (#45766659)

That's why I haven't gotten silverfish or Netflix. I wonder, though, maybe I could run another instance of Linux, or maybe Chrome dual-boot or in a VM?

Nah, still wouldn't trust it. It would have to be on a box dedicated to Netflix.

Re:Netflix runs on linux. (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about a year ago | (#45766099)

More to the point, they also support an Android app, which means that they support most consumer Linux installs.

Too much effort (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763415)

Shit like this is why I ended up sticking with Windows as my daily driver. Not because I had any real love for it (I really do like Linux), but simply because we still live in a Windows world and it shows. In Linux you just meet new problems, fix problems, meet then new ones, and this goes on. There is no end.

People watch netflix on a computer? (2)

alen (225700) | about a year ago | (#45763503)

Why?
There is this thing called a tv with 40" inch screens

Re:People watch netflix on a computer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763543)

And a dozen $50 set top boxes that will play it at 1080p on those 40-80" screens...

Re:People watch netflix on a computer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763687)

B-b-but fweeeeedum!

Re:People watch netflix on a computer? (1)

PixetaledPikachu (1007305) | about a year ago | (#45764603)

B-b-but fweeeeedum!

Don't worry, your tv will most likely run some sort of linux distro

Re:People watch netflix on a computer? (2)

ruf10 (961050) | about a year ago | (#45763611)

TV? I'm 30, I'm to young to own a TV

Re:People watch netflix on a computer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763727)

People watch netflix on a computer? Why?

It saves space when your computer can act as the TV too.

Jesus H. Christ (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45764307)

People watch netflix on a computer? Why?

It saves space when your computer can act as the TV too.

Jesus H. Christ! Which of you half-wits let poor people in here?

Re:People watch netflix on a computer? (1)

norite (552330) | about a year ago | (#45764373)

Yes, and there's also this thing called a media server computer which plugs into that 40" tv. Broadcast is dead.

Re:People watch netflix on a computer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45764933)

Yes, and there's also this thing called a media server computer which plugs into that 40" tv. Broadcast is dead.

You mean those little boxes that go for $50 - $100 with a remote control and run netflix?

Oh.. you meant a computer computer... WTF would you do that for?

Re:People watch netflix on a computer? (1)

MightyYar (622222) | about a year ago | (#45766331)

I have to assume you are trolling. Otherwise you seem to have had your imagination amputated.

The most common uses are a kick-ass multi-tuner DVR and a media library player. The little Roku boxes are cool, but you really have to jump through hoops to play local content, and they don't do YouTube at all - nor do they have DVR capability. Similar tradeoffs exist for Apple and Android boxes.

Re:People watch netflix on a computer? (2)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about a year ago | (#45764513)

There is this thing called a tv with 40" inch screens

From where I'm sitting, my 23" computer monitor consumes about three times the visual range of my 50" TV, and it's higher resolution too. I can even watch it while it's twin brings up this web page.

Ah, well, not everyone's computer chair is as comfy as mine, but if you think about how much more time you spend at the terminal, that doesn't make any damn sense now does it? Perhaps you need to learn how to browse from a reclining captain's chair?

Engage.

Re:People watch netflix on a computer? (1)

epyT-R (613989) | about a year ago | (#45765035)

because netflix looks like shit on a huge screen? hell it looks like shit fullscreen on a 23" monitor.

Re:People watch netflix on a computer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45765821)

People watch in one window while doing social stuff (or pretending to work) in others.

What a contradictory, fallacious statement!! (1)

bogaboga (793279) | about a year ago | (#45763513)

One of the reasons could be that Netflix still uses Microsoft's Silverlight which is not supported on Linux. (emphasis mine)

You would think this alone is the reason, but wait...there's more: -

However Linux users have managed to get it to work on their distros.

So, the same Linux that isn't supported can have Netflix run after all!!

Now openSUSE users can also run Netflix using Pipelight."

Ohh my mistake! This is Slashdot, right?

Re:What a contradictory, fallacious statement!! (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about a year ago | (#45763647)

Supported, in that kind of context, typically means 'supported by the vendor.' In this case, Netflix doesn't support their software on Linux. If it works, that's an accident as far as Netflix is concerned.

Re:What a contradictory, fallacious statement!! (1)

squiggleslash (241428) | about a year ago | (#45764075)

Hmm, so any story of the form "X is a problem, but some people find a solution" is "contradictory, fallacious"?

This would make, BTW, virtually every story about a new invention designed to solve some pre-existing problem (which is 99% of inventions) "contradictory, fallacious".

Works great on my Mac running Mavericks... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763555)

suck it, nerds.

No Wine for Me (1)

eric31415927 (861917) | about a year ago | (#45763579)

Wine may be perfectly crumulent, but I don't want it running on my network.
I'll wait until Netflix supports HTML 5, which should be fairly soon!

I would sooner buy a $35 Chromecast than install Windows emulation software (whether or not Wine is an emulator).

Re:No Wine for Me (1)

Bengie (1121981) | about a year ago | (#45763791)

Yay, HTML5, with a DRM plugin so you can use a DRM blob that can make system calls. At least Netflix will work. chroot that browser though. That's assuming someone makes a Netflix blob to use with HTML5. Many content providers won't allow their content to be used on any platform that doesn't support a "secure" path for the DRM. This may require a custom kernel blob module.

Re: No Wine for Me (1)

macromorgan (2020426) | about a year ago | (#45764251)

If I recall, they are using the WebCrypto HTML5 standards in their HTML5 implementations today. They use a plugin on Chrome OS, but only because those extensions aren't yet implemented in (non dev versions of) the browser. On that note, anyone successfully get it working in Chromium, preferably by enabling those extensions in the dev version?

Re:No Wine for Me (1)

DarwinSurvivor (1752106) | about a year ago | (#45764223)

I'll wait until Netflix supports HTML 5, which should be fairly soon!

They already do, but it requires a DRM module that doesn't work in Linux. Ironically, Linux users are pretty much the only ones still using the Silverlight plugin, all of the other platforms have switched to the HTML5 interface already.

Silverlight = security hole (1)

Ice Station Zebra (18124) | about a year ago | (#45763729)

Crap software from M$.

Re:Silverlight = security hole (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45764353)

Hurr durr.

Business tip for Netflix (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year ago | (#45763761)

1) Set up a web page with the address http://netflix.com/linux/ [netflix.com] which helps customers to watch the flicks under Linux
2) Become a sponsor of the Moonlight project [mono-project.com]
3) ???
4) Profit!

Re:Business tip for Netflix (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763967)

1) Become a sponsor of the Moonlight project [mono-project.com]
2) Become despised by both open and closed source communities alike.
3) ???
4) Go out of business.

Typical Corporate Approach (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45763949)

.. extract value from the OSS world to build the infrastructure; extract payments from customers.. What's missing? before I rant **does this company contribute back to the OSS projects that make it possible ?? **

Re:Typical Corporate Approach (0)

murdocj (543661) | about a year ago | (#45764229)

What part of the OSS licenses are they violating? How are they different from the 99.99% of the users of Open Source Software who don't contribute changes? If you are arguing that users of software "owe" the makers of software something, that's exactly how proprietary software vendors feel.

Re:Typical Corporate Approach (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45764367)

Ah, but they do contribute back, both with code and with money. Go look on the FreeBSD Foundation website under the donor list. Also go search the FreeBSD code repository for all of the commits that are directly attributed to Netflix.

Netflix Android native app works fine in linux (4, Interesting)

Cito (1725214) | about a year ago | (#45764329)

Install the Android x86 libs then download Netflix native android Linux app from google play and it runs on any Linux flavor smoother and simpler than pipe light wine hacks

Re:Netflix Android native app works fine in linux (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45764823)

What the fuck are you doing here?

You actually sound like you have a fucking clue!

Re:Netflix Android native app works fine in linux (1)

ilikenwf (1139495) | about a year ago | (#45764985)

Got a tutorial link?

Re:Netflix Android native app works fine in linux (1)

BrookHarty (9119) | about a year ago | (#45765007)

I thought netflix was for arm only. Will it even work in an emulator?

Re:Netflix Android native app works fine in linux (1)

Cito (1725214) | about a year ago | (#45766717)

There is Android X86 you can run in a virtual box on pc

http://www.android-x86.org/download [android-x86.org]

Silverlight?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45764551)

Fwiw, it's been deprecated. Windows discontinued support a year or so ago.

Android? (1)

Tekoneiric (590239) | about a year ago | (#45764709)

It seems to me it would be easier use it inside an Android virtual machine. Is there any kind of Android emulation that allows them to be run in a window on Linux?

Android is linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45764815)

Android is Linux you stupid fuck.

Re:Android is linux (2)

Tekoneiric (590239) | about a year ago | (#45765263)

Actually no... Linux is the underlying OS to which the Android system runs. Saying Android is Linux is like saying GNU is Linux. It does sit tightly on top of Linux but one could conceptually port Android to run on top of another Unix like variant, say FreeBSD.

Re:Android is linux (2)

hufter (542690) | about a year ago | (#45765403)

Saying that Android is Linux is like saying that Ubuntu is Linux. Linux is actually just the kernel, which they both use.

Re:Android is linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45766287)

Literally true, but for historical reasons very misleading, because Linux has long implied a lot more than just the kernel.

Re:Android is linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45766665)

Ditto the other AC, and saying "Ubuntu is Linux" is entirely correct. It uses the GNU/Linux userland and runs Linux binaries. You have a Linux system on your computer after you install Ubuntu; it is not incorrect to speak of them identically.

Stupid (1)

ilikenwf (1139495) | about a year ago | (#45764977)

This is an ad for OpenSuse, Pipelight has been around for 2-3 months now.

Cancel Netflix (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45765169)

https://defectivebydesign.org/netflix [defectivebydesign.org]

oh... (1)

SuperDre (982372) | about a year ago | (#45765175)

And playstation 3 also supports silverlight? Not a chance....

seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45765307)

"Ironically while Netflix's infrastructure runs on Linux"... FreeBSD is a Linux now?

Live with it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45766321)

They run FreeBSD and the ionly customers that matter use Windows or iOS.

Silverlight doesn't work on MacOS either... (2)

tekrat (242117) | about a year ago | (#45766431)

I've tried to use Netflix on my Mac when for some reason it doesn't work on the TV. It works fine for Safari, but Chrome, which is my default browser, results in jittery video, unwatchable. Admittedly, not MacOS's fault, but annoying nevertheless.

I mean really if I have to switch browsers, when Youtube works everywhere is just ... wrong...

Need a Reverse Engineered client, not this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45766751)

Crazy hacks like this shouldn't be necessary, nor are they desirable even when they are all you can do. Netflix won't be a serious service until the protocols are reverse engineered and someone makes their own client(s), rather than having to limp by using Netflix's own code. Think about it: have you ever used, or even heard of, a service where the client software and the server come from the same place, and the result was any good? Imagine if the postfix team supplied your mailreader or if the Mozilla or Chrome teams wrote your web server. "Oh, I can't use that mailreader, because I use exim. Oh, drat, my site is a legacy written PHP4 on Apache, so I can't use the latest browsers. Damn, I have the latest browser but I can't connect to CherryPy sites."

I'll take Netflix's requests for my money seriously, when we have our own Netflix clients. Until then, they're just another AOL/iTunes/xboxlive "for video."

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