How To Watch Netflix In Ubuntu 14.04 With Netflix Desktop App

Watching Netflix on Windows is easy. You can use the web browser or the desktop app but its not the same story in Linux. It does not work by default in Linux as Netflix requires Microsoft Silverlight and since it’s “the Microsoft”, it is obviously not available on Linux. So is there no way we can use Neflix in Linux? Of course, there is. In this article we shall see how to watch Netflix in Ubuntu 14.04 (and perhaps older versions such as 13.10, 13.04 etc as well).

How to watch Netflix in Ubuntu 14.04:

We shall be using Pipelight, a project that brings Silverlight support to Linux via Wine. The project is in beta but works quite well. Let’s see how to install Pipelight in Ubuntu 14.04.

Install Pipelight in Ubuntu 14.04

Installing Pipelight in Ubuntu 14.04 is very easy thanks to the PPA by Pipelight team. Open a terminal and run the following commands one by one:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:pipelight/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pipelight-multi

It’s around 450 MB of download so it may take some time if you have slow internet connection. Also, Pipelight is in beta, therefore check the installation instructions here (in case, if they change it in future). [Continue reading]

How To Upgrade Ubuntu 13.10 To Ubuntu 14.04

Ubuntu 14.04 has been released. There are several new features in Ubuntu 14.04, if not plenty. All excited about it? Can’t wait to get your hands on Ubuntu 14.04? If you are using Ubuntu 13.10, you can simply upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 instead of downloading and installing it via USB.

Upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 from Ubuntu 13.10:

To upgrade Ubuntu 13.10 to Ubuntu 14.04, start Software Updater by going to Unity Dash (press Windows key) and search for the Updater.

Upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04

Run the Software Updater. In here, you should see a message like:

The software on this computer is up to date.

However Ubuntu 14.04 is now available (you have Ubuntu 13.10).

How to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 from Ubuntu 13.10

Just click on Upgrade to start the upgrade process to Ubuntu 14.04. It will bring you to a welcome screen with release notes.


It will take some time in downloading the files and installing them. All you have to do is to wait for the upgrade process to finish. I hope you find this quick tip to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 helpful. Afterwards, you may want to check what things to do after installing Ubuntu 14.04.