Netflix Running On Ubuntu

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by Hungry Man, Nov 16, 2012.

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  1. Hungry Man

    Hungry Man Registered Member

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    http://www.iheartubuntu.com/2012/11/netflix-on-ubuntu-is-here.html

    WINE finally fixed a few of the critical bugs preventing this from working. Now it is.

    Right now it's a bit finicky but once these patches hit stable it should be much simpler.

    Install the custom wine with a batch file (not compatible with current versions, so use this or wait for it to stabilize)

    Steam moving to Linux, Valve devs working on drivers, and now Netflix working under WINE. Definitely a good year for Linux.
     
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    If they don't support it, why would they have help on it, its not a denial or acknowledgement of existence.
    FYI you can get Netflix for Android which runs Linux and Netflix run Linux servers.

    And why do keep putting "Linux" in quotes ?
     
  4. Wild Hunter

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    Android isn't "Linux".
     
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    Seriously, what do you think it is, if its not Linux ?
     
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    100% FUD. Not a single bit of truth in that article.

    1.
    If you follow that logic, then nothing that uses the Linux kernel is "Linux".
    All major distributions maintain their own repositories, with their own patch sets, which are unique to the distributions and not contributed upstream.

    2. Same goes for OS X and Unix and OS X is certified Unix.

    3. What has that got to do Android being Linux ?

    4. Wrong, because what does it matter, routers run Linux and super computers and TVs are all specialised versions.
    Also wrong because you can write native applications, http://developer.android.com/tools/sdk/ndk/overview.html

    5. What has that got to do Android being Linux ?

    6. Wrong, there are no closed source versions of Linux because you can't legally re-licence GPLv2.
    Oh and the entire source is available at http://source.android.com/
     
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    Android is LINUX, it always was and will be, it uses LINUX kernel and now it has been merged with main kernel.
     
  10. Hungry Man

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    Android is certainly running on the Linux kernel. A lot of people argue that it's obfuscated so far from the kernel that it isn't Linux any more (like running Windows in a VM isn't Linux) and that argument makes some sense, I wouldn't call Windows in a VM Linux and the Java VM is hosting applications in a separate system.

    But the Linux OS is definitely still a part of it, with apps being separated into UID sandboxed hosted by the kernel. Native applications run directly on the Linux layer as well. The kernel is not as abstracted as people think.

    @Nick,

    Linux Kernel is GPL2. There can be closed versions of it. Android isn't though.
     
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    Its impossible to create something with GPL2 and distribute the software without the source.

    From http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/gpl-2.0-faq.html

    You can make changes for your personal use only (without having to release the source), but this applies to any software in existence under any licence.
     
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    Ah, right. I think the restriction is that the Linux Kernel can be distributed with closed source blobs but the GPL3 wouldn't allow this, or some such thing.

    edit: And of course Netflix doesn't support this. It doesn't support Linux. That's the purpose of WINE - to run applications on Linux that don't support Linux.
     
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    Are you saying that this linux can run on a computer without windows underneath it, at all ? As in, without a boot disk, without any drivers, and without any services ?

    That sounds preposterous to me.

    :shifty:
     
  14. I'm not sure it does. Isn't modifying a copy of OSX for use on a non-Macintosh machine a license violation?
     
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    License agreement cant override laws (that I know exist in US, UK and EU) that allow software to be modified for various personal uses (education, compatibility and others). In 2005 a US Judge clarified that these copyright rights apply to purchased and licensed software.

    http://www.skadden.com/insights/sec...dify-software-under-section-117-copyright-act

    Cheers, Nick
     
  16. Hungry Man

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    I think it's distribution that's illegal.
     
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    Android is built on top of "Linux", but "Linux" is only one of many piece parts of the Android mobile operating system. It is not "Linux".
     
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    How do you justify that statements? How exactly are you defining Linux such that a system built with the Linux kernel is not Linux?

    Again, it would be one thing if the Java layer completely abstracted from the kernel (and even then, really, it's running Linux) but it doesn't at all, you have apps running natively on the Linux layer and you have Linux User/Group model separating android applications - the two layers aren't abstracted all that much.

    If anything built on top of Linux were not Linux then my Ubuntu machine patched with PaX/Grsecurity would not be Linux.
     
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    "Linux" kernel is a monolithic kernel. That means "Linux" kernel is whole/complete operating system alone. None of GNU software belongs to "Linux" operating system. Case would be different if "Linux" would be a microkernel and GNU would provide OS servers for it, like with HURD operating system what is a Mach microkernel + HIRD (OS servers). There has never be a so called "GNU/Linux" because "Linux" isn't a microkernel. And "Linux" means exactly same thing what people talk about as "Linux kernel". "Linux" does not mean a distributed software system like Ubuntu or Android, but only a operating system (what monolithic kernel is).
     
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    Yikes. Wish I could find that copy paste BS that gets spammed on reddit. I didn't know anyone actually unironically differentiated Linux from GNU/Linux.

    You're actually still semantically incorrect but arguing about this is inane.
     
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    Again, it's literally a joke when people argue about this distinction to the point that it gets spammed in forums as a way to troll/ mess around.

    What you've failed to understand is actually explained in your own link, but it's funny regardless of whether you're right or wrong (you're wrong).
     
  23. Wild Hunter

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    I'm not seeing any joke, spam, mess or trolling.
     
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    It wouldn't be funny if you did.
     
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