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How to get Netflix to run in VirtualBox on Ubuntu 12.04 without freezing!

First, do this.

So, my latest project has been to get Netflix! Well, I moved to Ubuntu a few weeks ago and alas Netflix has no Linux client. WTF!?

Well, I thought to myself, as I always do, “I should be able to get it running in a Virtual Machine!” And, once I got it up on Windowz XP, it loaded, then froze..and then again…and again.

So, after some Googling I found this solution. I tried it, and it worked for awhile, but then it froze…again. It basically has you set your DNS servers to Google’s (on the VM).

OpenDNS

I use OpenDNS, not Google. So, I thought that maybe I should give OpenDNS a try and changed my VM’s DNS to OpenDNS’s.

Now, I don’t know if this works because my host machine is with OpenDNS and my VM is on OpenDNS too, but it’s working right now.

Other Notes: Using Chrome on the VM, 3D hardware acceleration on the host, VM has 3 GB RAM and super-dooper tweaks I can’t remember. 

Ubuntu Itch Returns

Ubuntu 10.04-LTS

Ubuntu 10.04-LTS Screenshot

Today I got bored, and like always, like going back to a drug, I installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on a virtual machine. Big mistake! Well, given Ubuntu’s history with me, it may be a mistake. I always have to deal with these itches to install Ubuntu; I love love love the idea of free software and Linux in general. But, if history has proven itself, then I probably shouldn’t install it on my Acer Aspire One. I have tried 8.04, 9.04, and 9.10 on all flavors of laptops, most recently 9.10 on my Acer Aspire One, in which I ended up installing XP so I could get my work done.

Ubuntu just always has “the problems,” maybe I will go through my old posts (not on this site yet) and count all those problems. I just remember it being slow and giving me enough problems that I went back to something that worked: Windows. And, it’s always about doing my work and not having to deal with fixing, hacking or customizing Linux-based OS’s all the time. But, the itch (as I have termed it over the years) is there, and I really really want to try it out. But, this time I am going to be patient and maybe Virtual Box it or something on my Acer and see how it works, maybe spend a couple days trying to use it and see if it slows down at all or just gives me hell.

Oh, Ubuntu, it’s like a bad romance…