Archives For November 30, 1999

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

The Netflix Desktop App has updated to version 0.8.0. This tutorial shows you how to install / upgrade it in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, 13.04 Raring, 12.04 Precise and 12.10 Quantal.

In this release, it updated the French, Uyghur, Spanish translation, fixed some bugs and also added some new features. Here’s the details:

  • Added support for beesu sudo GUI.
  • Added a new package for loading Katsomo.
  • Updated the British English translation.
  • Updated the icon for the Maxdome package.
  • Replace test-xattr binary with python script.
  • Fixed tab characters in the command-line help.
  • Updated to the latest release of Firefox (22.0).
  • Now using a workaround for Katsomo locking up on exit.
  • Moved downloaded files to /var/lib/wine-browser-installer.
  • Disabled the client side graphics workaround on new Wine versions.
  • Disabled screensaver/suspend operations while the browser is running.
  • Added an override for the User Agent string so that Netflix always sees Firefox 18.0.
  • Now using fontconfig, in addition to debconf, to establish that msttcorefonts is installed.
  • Fixed dependencies so that the services could not get out of sync with wine-browser-installer

The Netflix PPA has updated for Ubuntu 13.10, 13.04, 12.10, 12.04 and 10.04 users. To add this repository, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal. When it opens, run below commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio

After that, you can install the Netflix desktop app or receive updates when a new release comes out via below commands:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop