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NventiveGuy

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PostPosted: Tue 13 Nov 2012, 15:29    Post subject:  configuration for NetFlix
Subject description: I can't find what the minimum Puppy version is for Chrome 20, which NetFlix says they require.
 

I re-subscribed to NetFlix a couple days ago, but wasn't able to run it with my Opera browser. So I looked into their requirements, which state that they require Chrome 20 or later. I've been looking through Puppy docs and forum articles, but can't find any that tell me what to do.

Part of my dilemma is that I'm running 5.25 on a netbook (Acer Aspire). I used to run Puppeee (4.something), but it crashed and I didn't have time to fix it. And it was missing something (I know it couldn't access the built-in SD slot, but also recall there was some software package I couldn't use---video recorder, or maybe audio-file editor).

I read that Puppy 5.4 was re-compiled do work with multi-processor systems, so does that mean it won't work with my netbook? Or would it be a lot bigger and slower to run it vs say 5.3? I really don't want to learn about the guts of Puppy or Linux or hardware to solve this problem. I did that 30+ years ago for my EE degree, but don't want to get a minor degree in CS just to install a browser for NetFlix. Smile

So guess my question is: "What is the best (recent & small) Puppy that will let me use Chrome 20 on my Acer Aspire?"

Secondary question is "How could I have found this info myself?"

I'll bet there are many people in the same predicament as me, especially who want to run NetFlix movies.

Thanks so much!
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PostPosted: Tue 13 Nov 2012, 17:03    Post subject:  

Netflix does not run on Linux!
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NventiveGuy

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PostPosted: Tue 13 Nov 2012, 21:59    Post subject: NetFlix on Linux
Subject description: Would Wine work?
 

Can I run Wine, and then run Chrome 20 on top of that?

(I'm eventually going to try Apple OS X, but I don't want to
wait until then to watch some movies.)

Thanks for any advice you might have on this!
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cowboy


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PostPosted: Tue 13 Nov 2012, 23:18    Post subject: netflix and linux  

It's not a question of browsers, but operating systems. Netflix streaming on Linux is, at present, impossible. Netflix streams only through Microsoft Silverlight technology which works at present only on Windows and Mac OSX. You'll need to hurry along your purchase of that MacOSX device if you want to stream Netflix, I'm afraid. On Linux, it's impossible.

Alternatives - Amazon's streaming service is flash-based, and works on browsers running any operating system, theoretically. You could try that, or buy a Roku for your TV! It does Amazon and Netflix.

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RetroTechGuy


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PostPosted: Tue 13 Nov 2012, 23:39    Post subject:  

rjbrewer wrote:
Netflix does not run on Linux!


http://www.howtogeek.com/119204/how-to-watch-netflix-on-linux/

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rokytnji


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PostPosted: Wed 14 Nov 2012, 00:56    Post subject:  

RetroTechGuy wrote:
rjbrewer wrote:
Netflix does not run on Linux!


http://www.howtogeek.com/119204/how-to-watch-netflix-on-linux/


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The only method that will work is running Windows itself in a virtual machine — definitely not an ideal solution, as you’re still running Windows, but it’s a method you can use to run Netflix on your Linux desktop without restarting your system.


Hope your gear is powerful enough for a VM setup.

And forget XMBC

Quote:
Before asking questions in this thread, please read the FAQ:
XBMC_Flicks_-_Netflix_for_XBMC


Limitations:
Windows and OSX - All Features will work
Linux - No Playback Support, you could use it to add/remove/search for items, but playback will not work
- Linux Playback is not supported and will not be unless Microsoft makes Silverlight for Linux, or Netflix uses something else (There's some chatter about HTML5). There are no workarounds at this time.


So a Windows or Android or ChromeOS install in VM is the only way to watch Netflix.
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RetroTechGuy


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PostPosted: Wed 14 Nov 2012, 20:36    Post subject:  

rokytnji wrote:
So a Windows or Android or ChromeOS install in VM is the only way to watch Netflix.


That's what it appeared to me... I figured it was be useful to see what others came up with.

Kinda too bad the the Moonlight guys stopped work (since so many sites are buying into the M$ Silverlight crap)

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