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Old 12-26-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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Hi,

I currently have Xubuntu 12.10 installed, but planning to go for OpenSuse as xubuntu is getting several crashes.

I am looking to make my linux distribution to compete with windows in almost all respects (ease of use, in general). However, I am having some challenges. Some of them are below.

1. For some flash streaming web sites, the video will not play even though flash is installed. How do I fix this?
2. For some web sites, vlc web plugin is required, but I don't think xubuntu or OpenSuse offers the web plugin. I can install vlc, but how do I configure it to play nice with the browser?
3. For some websites, microsoft silver light is required. For ex, this link requires Microsoft silverlight. http://livetvchannelsfreein.net/ktv1.html. How do I use Moonlight for this?
4. I use sharepoint at work, which is a microsoft-centered product that works with IE only (for checkout/checkin). Is it possible to work with Sharepoint with Wine Installed Internet Explorer. I haven't had much success with Wine-based IE in the past.
5. I am sure Netflix doesn't support Linux because of the DRM issue. Is there an alternate option? I don't want to install windows on some virtualization software to get netflix to work.
6. For some sites, firefox displays a message "Plugin required". But, when I search for the plugin, the plugin finder service returns back with the message "No suitable plugins found". How can I troubleshoot this?
7. Is there a way to find out what plugin is required by a website?

I know this is a lot of questions to ask, but I assume the replies will help others also.

Thanks,
Balaji.


Thanks,
Balaji.
 
Old 12-26-2012, 05:40 PM   #2
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This Thread deals with some of your issues. I'm playing with a rasperry pi (which I would not recommend as a video streaming device) but mplayer goes in in pace of omxplayer on a pc.

What browser, & addons/extensions have you? have you adblockplus or noscript? What's your browser version? I find I have to disable one or both of them on various sites. It seems to be a question of finding what works on a website, and then cursing them every time they change your setup.

Ford netflix require silverlight?
 
Old 12-27-2012, 06:25 AM   #3
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Thanks for the response.

My primary browser is firefox and I use chromium/google chrome also sometimes. Adblock plus is installed on both. I don't use NoScript since virus infections are not common in the linux world.

As far as I know, netflix doesn't support Linux.

I am not using Rasberry PI. I am using an Intel based PC, so, the challenges you have faced with rasberry bi may not be a thing for me. However, I did learn new things. Thanks a lot.
 
Old 12-27-2012, 02:11 PM   #4
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Yeah, my son gave me the pipsqueak white elephant, but it's at it's limit doing basic stuff. Browsing is a pain.

I have found it necessary to disable adblockplus recently, because they made some change which is a regression. Where you are geographically and what you want to see are also factors that affect you. With NO flash player, I was able to click on a link on the pipsqueak and I would get up a black window where the video should be, and a precise url. I could then copy & paste into TECKK's bash script
Quote:
#!/bin/sh

echo "Enter URL"
while read URL
do
omxplayer -o hdmi $(youtube-dl -g --cookies /tmp/cookie.txt "$URL")
done
Nothing seems to be happening for 10 seconds, and then the film starts. You would replace 'omxplayer -o hdmi' with mplayer -your_options. For everything amenable to youtube-dl, it's the way. I did it using a fifo also.

Netflix requires membership. If there's any free downloads you can't get, throw up the url and we'll see what happens. 2 you can try here are www.rte.ie/player(easy) and www.aertv.ie (a messy one)
 
Old 12-27-2012, 02:20 PM   #5
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Thanks, I do have netflix membership. However, netflix requires microsoft silvernight which implements the DRM (Digital Rights Management). Apparantly, netflix owns or has the digital rights for the videos that are hosted on netflix.com. I know some of the linux developers were ready to implement DRM with moonlight, but, for some reason, netflix did not allow it (Does not allow even now).

So, the bash script that you gave, does it work with any streaming video irrespective of the codec that is required?
 
Old 12-27-2012, 03:18 PM   #6
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I'm sure it would work with anything provided
1. Mplayer has the codec and will play on your box.
2. youtube-dl grabs the download.
3. Your box is sufficient for the task.

I'm pretty sure it won't work on netflix.
 
  


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