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    Default DRM solution for Amazon Instant Video needed

    Hi -

    I have a new KDE installation of 12.3 64-bit. I want to be able to watch movies on amazon in Firefox, which required DRM. Flash that ships with 12.3 should be fine for this process, but DRM requires HAL, which is absent from 12.3. I went through this thread (and a few others), but ultimately didn't find a solution. I did *not*, however, try to build HAL from source (yet). In particular, OBS has two sources for HAL (Overman and KDE3), but neither of those seem to work. The Overman version simply doesn't load (started at "System Services (Runlevel)" it gives error code 1). The one from KDE3 reports starting with code 0, but when I go back to System Services it is not started. Repeating, rebooting, etc., has no effect. I don't know how to debug this. Suggestions?

    Taking a different direction, I installed Google Chrome, thinking that it might just work all by itself. But it does not - Amazon reports "unsupported Flash version", and tells me to disable PPAPI. When I do that, I am back to where I was with Firefox and no HAL.

    So. I could use some suggestions as to what to try next. Has anyone gotten HAL to work? That seems to be the biggest issue. Thanks!

    - John

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    Default Re: DRM solution for Amazon Instant Video needed

    On 2013-04-01 14:36, JJMT wrote:
    > So. I could use some suggestions as to what to try next. Has anyone
    > gotten HAL to work? That seems to be the biggest issue. Thanks!


    Unfortunately, HAL is deprecated and it is disappearing from the map. It
    is Flash fault for not keeping up with development and use whatever
    replaced it. But as flash itself is being dissolved, there is little hope.

    Also it is early days for 12.3, not all issues are solved. You might ask
    in the kde3 mail list about HAL, because kde3 still uses HAL, I understand.

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    Am 01.04.2013 14:48, schrieb Carlos E. R.:
    > Also it is early days for 12.3, not all issues are solved. You might ask
    > in the kde3 mail list about HAL, because kde3 still uses HAL, I understand.
    >

    No, the openSUSE KDE3 is explicitly made HAL free because HAL is
    deprecated. So that will not help to ask there.

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    On 2013-04-01 16:37, Martin Helm wrote:
    > Am 01.04.2013 14:48, schrieb Carlos E. R.:
    >> Also it is early days for 12.3, not all issues are solved. You might ask
    >> in the kde3 mail list about HAL, because kde3 still uses HAL, I understand.
    >>

    > No, the openSUSE KDE3 is explicitly made HAL free because HAL is
    > deprecated. So that will not help to ask there.


    Oh. That's new to me, I had no idea.

    I have hal from kde3 repo running in this machine, in fact, so it must
    be a new development.

    So, JJMT, you will have to use an earlier openSUSE release. I suggest
    12.1, maybe inside a virtual machine inside 12.3.


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    Disappointing, but understood. I actually have Windows running in a VM, so it looks like that is my solution at this point. Sigh.

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    Am 01.04.2013 19:56, schrieb JJMT:
    >
    > Disappointing, but understood. I actually have Windows running in a VM,
    > so it looks like that is my solution at this point. Sigh.
    >
    >

    Sad, yes. I forgot to mention that the VM with Windows is exactly the
    "solution" I use myself (not for amazon but yet another video provider
    with DRM content). Well, at least it works.

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