Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th May 2011 22:10 UTC
Google Because of Google I/O going full-steam ahead, it's a bit of a Google thing going on here. Google co-founder Sergey Brin had a little chat with the press about the Chromebooks Google announced yesterday, and during that talk, he stated that traditional PC operating systems are "torturing users" with their complexity. While he certainly has a point, I'm not sure I like his solution. Giving Google all my files? Yeah... No.
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by braddock on Fri 13th May 2011 00:27 UTC
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I just hope this results in a Netflix solution for Linux, and all else that comes with a larger platform user base.

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RE: Netflix - not likely
by jabbotts on Fri 13th May 2011 14:34 in reply to "Netflix"
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Technically, there is no reason a netflix client won't run on a Linux or BSD based distro. The netflix set top boxes run a Linux distro. I believe the Wii also run a *nix distro under the hood and it has a netflix client. Not sure what OS the PS3 is running but it's not Windows or osX and it also has a netflix client.

Developers have already said outright that they'll work for free with Netflix to get a client working and we're talking people with professional code skills.

Netflix has consistantly said there will not be a netflix client for general purpose distributions. A big part of the issue is the silverlight DRM it relies on which is controled by Microsoft rather than Netflix. The DRM being released for opens source implementation or even licensed as a non-free bundle for general purpose distributions has about as much chance of happening as the sun going Nova in the next six hours.

Other than the obsurd hit one's monthly ISP caps would take, a netflix client for general purpose *nix platforms would be more than welcome by many but it would take enough market share for Netflix to really take notice and probably enough reduction in Microsoft's market share to force them to start grasping for straws to maintain shareholder dividends.

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