Netflix Comes To Linux Via Silverlight On Patched Wine
Phoronix: Netflix Comes To Linux Via Silverlight On Patched Wine
Netflix video streaming is now available on Linux through the use of Wine. When running a specially patched version of Wine in conjunction with the Microsoft Windows versions of Firefox and Microsoft Silverlight, Netflix can now do Internet video streaming to the Linux desktop...
Too bad Firefox is on 16.0.2 now and Silverlight is crap...
Wont be too many takers with the way they want to do this.
Given that Firefox uses out of process plugins, Silverlight is an NPAPI plugin, and nspluginwrapper can allow browsers to use plugins of a different architecture, is it feasible for someone to code a plugin wrapper that allows Windows-dependent browser plugins to be run through wine but interact with the native Firefox? What would the technical hurdles be in doing so? The biggest obstacle I can think of is that wine isn't made to be able to work like that, but designs might be able to work around that, like having a fake browser running in wine that forwards the data over a socket to be received by a native NPAPI plugin listening on that socket.
It's certainly been done before by CrossOver. I was wondering the same thing but I don't know whether the DRM would get in the way.
Originally Posted by BwackNinja
Omg, how can Netflix be so stupid to use Silverlight?
It is only microsoft.com and netflix that use Silverlight, LOL!
Nobody wants that shit!
Also, why don't they use Flash too, it sucks as bad as Silverlight, probably worse, but at least its widespread.
Who was the idiot in charge at Netflix who decided that they should use Silverlight?
And how much did he get payed to make that idiotic decision?
Also, why should I pay AND get DRM and being limited to Windows and Silverlight?
That is getting fucked in the ass twice or thrice!
You're paying to get fucked in the ass.
No thanks, I'll just use The Pirate Bay instead and get movies free, fast, convenient and without DRM. Play it at any device, at any system, at any time. Anywhere, whenever.
Originally Posted by phoronix
Obviously they aren't tied too closely with silverlight otherwise they wouldn't offer Netflix on android.
This is really assholey of them.
they aren't being assholey. they don't write software for charity. if it made dollars, they would do it. they aren't just gonna support it because of GNU morality. not to mention that linux support is a nightmare of different distros with different versions of the same upstream software. it is much harder to track bugs for say debian kde vs. arch with lxde. they have different libraries with different versions of pulseaudio, gtk+, qt4, glibc, gcc, x.org, mesa. i remember avast having different bugs on different versions of ubuntu, but working fine in rhel and debian.
Originally Posted by liam
Same argument can be applied to Steam... it doesn't hold much worth and you can use it freely on a variety of discussions.
Originally Posted by garegin
And the solution is.... "yum remove wine*".
They can keep their DRM CRAP.