For many years, Linux users have wanted Netflix support and now it is finally here. If you are running Ubuntu 12.04, 14.04 or a distribution like Linux Mint 17 which is based on Ubuntu 14.04 and you are using the latest Google Chrome browser, then you can use Netflix. I’ve tested Netflix with the latest Google Chrome Beta (v 39) and it does actually work. There are other great streaming services for cord cutters (those of us saving money by dropping cable). Hulu Plus has always worked on Linux since it simply requires Adobe Flash. Amazon Video is a different matter. It worked on older versions of Linux (like Ubuntu 10.04) that had hal (hardware abstraction layer) installed by default. The fix for current versions of Linux (Ubuntu 12.04, 14.04) is the following three command lines:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mjblenner/ppa-hal
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install hal
All of this makes resurrecting an old computer much more attractive. Many versions of Linux (which is available free of charge) will run nicely on older computers and now that all of the major streaming services work natively on Linux, there are fewer objections to running what is still an unfamiliar OS to many people. All of this brings us to our latest Digital Depot Halloween video:
So bring us your old computers and we’ll provide a very economical upgrade!