rmcellig wrote: Would it be advisable to install the RC that is currently available or wait for the official release?
No version of Mint comes with Netflix. The only thing I know about getting it working is that I have heard comments from people who have done that.rmcellig wrote:Does this version have Netflix pre-installed? If not is it pretty straight forward installing it in Mint?
ZebOfComputers wrote:Graphically speaking: If she is coming from Windows XP / Vista, I think Mint, either Cinnamon or Mate, would be easy for her to adapt to. If she's coming from 7 and has a decently powerful computer, maybe Unity-Ubuntu might be something she should try. However, I know I've set up relatives with Xubuntu and Lubuntu, and they're loving it so far.
Support speaking: I love Mint's update manager, as it's so careful to not break your system. If you can teach her to regularly install updates, all should be golden.
Whatever DE / distro you go with, onto the Netflix thing:
http://pipelight.net/cms/install/instal ... buntu.html
That is the official instructions for installing Pipelight on Ubuntu-based systems (Mint 17 is included in this category, as you are probably aware). Pipelight is WINE-based software which hosts plugins like Silverlight and Widevine in a way that they hook into native Linux browsers via the Netscape Plugin API. After following those install instructions, you'll want to make sure you actually enable those plugins. (In your case, "sudo pipelight-plugin --enable silverlight".)
Lastly, to get Netflix to allow you to view video content, you need to give it a non-Linux user-agent string. There are some good directions at the bottom of this page:
http://www.webupd8.org/2013/08/pipeligh ... linux.html
Personally, in my use of Firefox 29 when setting up linux machines for people, what I do is install UAControl, "customize" it to send this string: "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:29.0) Gecko/20120101 Firefox/29.0" only on "netflix.com", and then I hide the button from the taskbar, so Netflix "just works," without concern from the user.
Hope I was helpful. As a new Linux user, coming from Windows, I am delving deep into that stage of asking "What do I need to do to do X that I did in Windows?" and, although Pipelight isn't the only way to use Netflix in Linux, it's my preferred way. (For another option, search for "Linux Netflix Desktop.")
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