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.
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?)
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!
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.
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:
And another of the Menu (while watching media):