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November 4, 2012

Amazon Instant Video on OpenSuse 12.2 – FlashPlayer and DRM issues.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Andrew @ 12:53 pm

Last week (at synagogue of all places) someone reminded me about Torchwood: Miracle Day. I was interested in viewing it when it came out, but not enough to subscribe to Starz to see it. Later I looked for it on Netflix, etc. but at least at the time it wasn’t available. I finally found it on Amazon Instant Video and decided to buy it.

I was able to view it on a Windows machine and assumed that I couldn’t on Linux. One time when I tried it though, I clicked into the Amazon video help page it pointed to and it said “If you are having playback problems on Linux, please visit the Adobe support pages for additional Linux troubleshooting steps:http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/929/cpsid_92948.html.” and realized that they weren’t immediately ruling out Linux.

There were some issues that I needed to work through though, and the instructions were scattered.

Adobe Flash needs the deprecated hal daemon. It isn’t in the standard OpenSuse install, but is in the KDE 3 repository: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/KDE3/openSUSE_Factory

Adobe’s instructions for the location of the flash plugin is wrong, the RPM version in /usr/lib/browser-plugins/libflashplayer.so works. (Flash is in the NonOSS repository http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/12.2/repo/non-oss/) Adobe’s instructions are to bypass the RPM and download their tar.gz archive. That didn’t seem to be necessary for me.

All in all its straightforward, but the information was scattered to find. The openSuse forums discussed finding HAL in KDE3, but not the exact repository, and in between rants that Adobe shouldn’t be using it anyway and rants that DRM is evil (I might agree with both, but that doesn’t help the issue.). Adobe mentions that it needs hal but where and how to install it for openSuse 12.2. The Adobe Linux flash help page does have a sample flash video player that will report DRM access and a sample DRM protected movie (the “Getty train video”) to test against, but its suggestions to use tar.gz over RPMs has some unfortunate long term consequences.

If you are having playback problems on Linux, please visit the Adobe support pages for additional Linux troubleshooting steps:

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/929/cpsid_92948.html.

If you are having playback problems on Linux, please visit the Adobe support pages for additional Linux troubleshooting steps:

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/929/cpsid_92948.html.

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