Amazon Prime on Ubuntu 13.10

Normally, I watch Amazon Prime from a different computer that is hooked up to the TV. Every once in a while, I want to try to watch from my laptop. Just recently, I discovered that my old trick of just installing hal didn’t work. Thanks to WebUpd8, it ended up being pretty simple anyway…

I tried to install the hal package like I did before, but it isn’t available anymore:

$ sudo apt-get install hal
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Package hal is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source
However the following packages replace it:

E: Package 'hal' has no installation candidate

Fortunately, I found a fix:

OMGUbuntu: Get Amazon Prime, 4oD and Other DRM-Protected Flash Working in Ubuntu 13.10

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mjblenner/ppa-hal
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install hal

That worked fine. I didn’t have to delete the adobe directory or any of that. Installing the hal package just worked!

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