Monday, February 3, 2014

Netflix on Gigastrand OS? Yes it's possible.

Many, many people are presently working to try and bring Netflix to Linux with varying degrees of success. While services like Hulu run natively in either Firefox or Chrome in the Gigastrand OS, Netflix does not currently run natively in Linux.

Well, we have a solution but it is a good news / bad news sort of thing. 

The good news? Yes it will run inside Gigastrand OS. The bad news? It requires running Windows in Virtual Box.

There are a few limitations as well. First off, you have to have an Nvidia, Ati or AMD video card with the accelerated graphics driver loaded. We have those drivers in the repository.

Second, you cannot run the Virtual Box AND Netflix at full screen. Even with desktop additions, the Virtual Box driver just can't handle it. You end up with really choppy video and audio. We got it to run well at 800x600 and with Netflix running fullscreen. This resulted in good playback and reasonably comfortable viewing on a 1366x768 monitor.

We are presently working on and testing various solutions to the Netflix issue.


1 comment: