[OT] My first impressions of Chromebook
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Mon Jun 20 09:49:36 CDT 2011
On Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 10:08 AM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
> Chipp Walters wrote:
>> For those of you interested in Google's new, and fascinating Chromebook,
>> here's my first thoughts after spending the weekend with one:
> Good read, Chipp. Thanks for posting that.
> On this item from your post:
> There is no Netflix. Yet. For those of you hooked on Netflix,
> it’s rumored to be in the works, but currently there is no
> way to play Netflix. I suspect this is because the OS is
> based on Linux and for some reason, Netflix has some specific
> requirements which only run on MacOS and Windows and iOS.
> There are a number of threads in the Ubuntu forums about this. Turns out
> it's because NetFlix' content providers require DRM systems like Microsoft
> Silverlight, which aren't currently supported on Linux and Linux derivatives
> like Android and Chrome OS. Given how much money MS spends keeping Linux at
> bay, I doubt we'll ever see a Silverlight implementation for those
> Rumor has it that Netflix is in negotiations with their content providers
> to find alternative DRM methods which are more universally supported across
> platforms. Apparently Netflix wants this to happen, but their providers are
> moving slowly.
> So with any luck we'll see Netflix available for Chrome OS and Linux in the
> coming months.
> Finger crossed. I'm building a MythTV system for my home and the DRM issue
> is the only thing holding back our subscription to Netflix.
> Richard Gaskin
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Netflix > is < available NOW on a select few Android devices. Some people
have figured out how to make it work on not yet supported devices by editing
what is essentially a plist-like file which tricks the app into believing it
is running on a 'chosen' device. I must say, I love it on my tablet!!!!
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