Run Netflix within Linux Mint

I run Linux on my computers, but for years have had to dual boot with windows since Netflix was not compatible.  It can run with a couple of hacks, but unless you have a good computer with a lot of resources, it is near impossible to get a good stream.    The following is what I found that is acceptable for my use.  It is not perfect but works.  I cannot wait for an official way to do it.

There are two ways to do it.  One is quick and easy and the other takes a bit more work.

The quick and easy way to install Netflix on a Linux computer.  I was able to get it to work on Linux Mint 16.

 

Open the terminal and type the following.
sudoapt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
sudo apt-get update
sudoapt-get install netflix-desktop
That is all.  Once you start Netflix there will be a bit more that will have to be done so just follow the on screen instructions and you will be good to go.   There should be a icon in the menu that you can click on to run Netflix.
The above did not work for Linux Mint 17 so I found the following instructions and it worked great.

1. Make sure firefox is installed and updated. Fortunately most distros will already have it installed as default.
2. Open terminal and install Wine
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install wine
3. Install pipelight
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install –install-recommends pipelight-multi
$ sudo pipelight-plugin –update
4. enabled silverlight
$ sudo pipelight-plugin –enable silverlight

5. enabled flash

$ sudo pipelight-plugin –enable flash
6. Go to the firefox addon section. search and install “user agent overrider 0.2.3″ (or latest version) by muzulget. It will place an icon on the tool bar
7. click on the icon in the toolbar and select the user agent overrider Windows-Firefox 29 
Once it is finished installing, you can run Netflix from your browser like you would within Windows.   Again, once you start Netflix there will be a bit more that will have to be done so just follow the on screen instructions and you will be good to go.
Thanks to the Linux Mint forum for the above information.  http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=170386 
 
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