Colin Harrington

Archive for October, 2009

Grails BOF recording at SpringOne2GX

by on Oct.24, 2009, under Groovy-Grails

SpringOne2gx was a blast this year.  It was great to get to know many members from the community!

I was able to record the Grails BOF (Birds Of a Feather) session at SpringOne2gx this year: Download it Here (80MB)

Big thanks to SpringSource and No Fluff Just Stuff for putting together an awesome conference!

Props to Dropbox for allowing me to share this recording.

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Hulu Desktop for Linux! 32 & 64bit versions for Ubuntu & Fedora

by on Oct.08, 2009, under General, Linux, Streaming, Ubuntu, Video

Hulu Desktop (currently Beta) is now available on Linux!  A friend tipped me off to an article on TechCrunch about it. 

Wohoo Hulu Desktop on Linux

Downloading it and setting it up was pretty easy.  I went to Hulu Desktop and selected download for linux.  From there It gave me choices for Fedora and Ubuntu (both 32 & 64bit versions!)  Since I run Ubuntu I downloaded and installed the deb – easy enough.

When you first launch it it asks you to accept the EULA.

Eula

The first time I launched Hulu Desktop I got an error, that "Hulu Desktop could not locate the Flash plugin.  If you do not have it installed, please modify ~/.huludesktop with the correct location of libflashplayer.so." (remember the beta sticker?)

Hulu Desktop error : Flash Plugin

I had to edit the ~/.huludesktop file to use the wrapped version of the Flash plugin /var/lib/flashplugin-installer/npwrapper.libflashplayer.so and it worked like a charm!

.huludesktop

Playback worked great, probably better than the in-browser experience.  The interface is slick, better than the web-interface and more along the lines of Boxee.  Fullscreen worked well for me.

Hulu Desktop -> Heroes menu

Props to Hulu for providing a Linux version.  The Linux desktop is a first class citizen.  Skype has a Beta version that rocks on Linux.  Google Chrome, Firefox, etc. Who is next? Adobe?  CS5?  I’d pay for Adobe CS5 on Linux.

So far its been pretty good stuff for Beta Software!  I’ll definitely be using Hulu more now. 

Here is a shot of the opening screen:

Opening Image

And another of the Menu (while watching media):

Popular menu

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