No Netflix on Ubuntu

Back in July of last year after wrapping up at OSCON I shared a bit of information that brought some hope to the Linux community.

While at the event I got a chance to speak with two engineers from Netflix who stopped by the Ubuntu booth and during our conversation about Ubuntu the topic of support for Netflix on Linux came up.

During the conversation the two engineers confided that Netflix was in fact working on native support for Linux and to expect to see it within the next year and naturally over the months I had been personally waiting to see if the engineers were bluffing.

The other day I reached out to Netflix to see if the plans for supporting Linux were indeed true and today I got a response.

“There are no plans to support Netflix on Linux,” ~ Joris Evers, Director of Corporate Communications at Netflix

Perhaps the Netflix engineers were mistaken or perhaps the project got killed in the end we will never know what happened or if there was ever any intention for Netflix to be supported on Linux but it is my hope that Netflix will see the value in investing in the Free Open Source Software community by making an effort to at least roll out their Chrome OS plugin to Chromium and Chrome users on Linux.


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