Getting Netflix working in openSUSE 12.3

I am a big fan of Netflix. This service was launched here in Ireland in January last year and I have been using it on my Playstation since then. But it doesn’t work on Linux. Until now…. Somebody managed to get it working in Ubuntu using Wine. So it should also work on openSUSE. After some digging I found this blogpost. But it didn’t work for me. After recently getting it working on my wife’s laptop running Linux Mint I noticed it was using a dedicated version of Wine called Wine-Comholio which was also mentioned in a later comment on the blogpost. So I decided to try again. I found a Netflix-Desktop in the openSUSE Software search but the one-click caused errors. I didn’t try a manual entry of the repo and installing it that way so this may also work. Anyway, this is what I did to get it working:

Edit 27/09/2013: After writing this I found a one-click that worked. This one. It basically does all the things described in this post

  • Install the latest wine and Microsoft fonts from the OSS repo. I did this by opening a terminal and entering. Enter your root password when prompted:
**sudo zypper in wine fetchmsttfonts**
  • Download and install the windows version of Firefox 18. I used this version since this was what was used in Linux Mint others may work. Still in the terminal type the following command to download:
**wget -O Firefox-18.0.exe**
  • And install by entering:
**WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.netflix wine Firefox-18.0.exe**
  • Download Silverlight 4. Enter the following command in the same terminal to download:
**wget -O Silverlight-4.exe**
  • And install by entering:
**WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.netflix wine Silverlight-4.exe /q**
  • Download the latest RPM from the Compholio website. Be sure to pick the correct architecture (32bit or 64bit)
  • Watch Netflix by typing this in the terminal:
**WINEPREFIX=~/.netflix /opt/wine-compholio/bin/wine “C:\\Program Files\\Mozilla Firefox\\firefox.exe”**

This should work. If you create a launcher using the last command. Press F11 to go full-screen. “ALT-F4″ will close it and it should open full screen again next time.