Netflix and Amazon Videos In Linux Mint 16-17

 

Among the more insignificant difficulties faced by some of the newcomers to Linux Mint is that odd occasion to think that when something doesn’t work out of the box that everything is doomed.

With native Netflix support quickly coming, and countless Silverlight adaptations for Linux users right behind it. I thought I’d offer a quick fix for people trying to watch Amazon instant videos.

Granted there are other solutions, but this one is quick and painless.

*Note only do this if the amazon instant video doesn’t play on your Linux machine.

Open the terminal and copy paste these lines one at a time hitting enter and putting in your password when prompted. (Answer yes to the prompts.)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mjblenner/ppa-hal
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install hal

Now it will work.

I haven’t seen if I need to do this on mine yet, I did in Linux Mint Petra.

Meanwhile the fight to get Linux native support for many services is strangely getting easier as Linux gains increasing popularity. It helps that systems like Android and Roku are Linux based and if some companies say “We can’t really do that.” We have an open source community who promptly does it anyway.

Normally 6 months later we get native support… Go figure.

Never let people tell you that there are problems with open source. I don’t care how many degrees they have, or how much experience they seem to have. The only people who have any issues with open source are people who obviously don’t understand it.

Even the most tight lipped security frantic corporate software execs rely entirely on the kinds of advances brought by the open source community. The more closed the software becomes the smaller the group of maintainers and the quicker it becomes obsolete.

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