Saturday, November 16, 2013

Getting Pipelight to Work Under Linux for Netflix

I just got Pipelight to work under Linux Mint Maya and, like most Linux projects, had to a do tremendous amount of forum and web surfing to iron out the glitches.

In general, the official Pipelight installation instructions are good: http://fds-team.de/cms/pipelight-installation.html

However, one important prequisite is to enable xattr on your file system. You need to edit /etc/fstab, and look for the main filesystem (which likely has a type of ext4). Under the column for this entry, add a comma and then "user_xattr" to the end, with no spaces. (See http://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Netflix/Pipelight#xattr for more on this)

Then remount the filesystem: sudo mount / -o remount

Without xattr enabled, Netflix will throw a DRM error.

Then proceed to install Pipelight per the official instructions, using the multi-plugin method and the Silverlight 5.0 option.

You aren't done yet! Whichever browser you use, you will need to use a User Agent String change extension to make the browser look like Firefox on Windows. Otherwise, the Netflix site will complain about you not being on one of their supported platforms.

I have read reports that Pipelight/Netflix does not work too well with the Firefox browser itself. I used Chromium instead.

Using the fullscreen mode on Netflix and then going back to regular mode crashes the browser and the plugin, at least for me.

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