Netflix Desktop 0.8.7 Released, How to Install it via PPA

January 3, 2014 — 1 Comment

Netflix for Ubuntu Linux

Netflix Desktop app for Ubuntu Linux now is at 0.8.7. This release works around a problem with upstream Wine 1.7.9, it is highly recommended that anyone working off of the latest Wine also upgrade Netflix Desktop.

As you may know, Netflix Desktop provides a convient tool that downloads and installs all of the components necessary to run Netflix Watch Instantly under Wine, including the Windows version of Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Silverlight. The project package also includes some convience settings to integrate Netflix into Firefox in such a way that everything feels like a native Ubuntu application.

Netflix Desktop 0.8.7 gets below changes:

  • Fixed a mistake in the wine-mpg2splt-installer installation script.
  • Fixed a problem with missing download files.
  • Updated the British English, French, Uyghur, Turkish translations.
  • Added a workaround for Wine Bug #35181.
  • Fixed xattr python script on newer Ubuntu releases.
  • Updated Silverlight 5.1 to include the fix for MS13-087.
  • Blacklisted hardware acceleration for nVidia driver 310.44.
  • Turn GPU acceleration on for Nouveau and Tungsten Graphics drivers.

Install Netflix Desktop:

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 10.04, Linux Mint and their derivatives, Netflix Desktop can be easily installed from PPA.

Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands below to add the Netflix Desktop ppa:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable

Then you can get the latest packages after checking for updates:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop wine-compholio

Netflix on Ubuntu

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One response to Netflix Desktop 0.8.7 Released, How to Install it via PPA

  1. Hello:
    I downloaded and attempted an installation to a vintage IBM Think pad 3000 N100.
    I successfully installed it with the exception of the Silverlight package.
    I tried several attempts at installing the Silverlight without success.
    I might add that it would be nice if you had this file install the Silverlight just like the previous script from “” blog as created bu Jack Wallen

    I had never used Ubuntu 12.04 before so it was a new experience because I usually use a different distro.

    I didn’t give up because next I attempted Mint 13.? and it installed without a hitch. So I will leave it on this machine until the distro I normally use is more comfortable for me because I have been using it for 5 or 6 years.

    Cordially: Howard Barbrey

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