Hulu Desktop and Debian Lenny

Debian 5 (Lenny)
Linux kernel: 2.6.26-2-686
Gnome: 2.22.3

I heard this morning that the Hulu Desktop is officially supporting Linux. So lets give it a shot.I went here to download the software. They show 4 versions. Two Fedora files, 32 and 64 bit. Two Ubuntu files, 32 and 64 bit. Since I’m running Debian 32 bit, I opted for the Ubuntu 32 bit file. It’s a deb file so it should work just fine. I downloaded the file and gave it a quick double click and I get an error. DAMN!


Could not open “huludesktop_i386.deb” Archive type not supported!

What to do now? Install it a different wany of course. Open a terminal. Navigate to where you saved the install file (huludesktop_i386.deb). Now at the command prompt type:
$ sudo dpkg -i huludesktop_i386.deb

It should install now. It did for me.

Go to APPLICATIONS > SOUND & VIDEO > Hulu Desktop.


Still no joy. It doesn’t know where flash is. Yes, you must have flash installed for this to work. I covered the flash install in my Debian Lenny setup post. Now open the .huludesktop file in your home folder. It’s a hidden file so you’ll have to show hidden files in nautilus. Open nautilus, then go to VIEW. Then check the Show hidden files box. Or open it from the command line with nano or whatever you use. This is what it looks like. Click on the pic below, it gets bigger.

Screenshot-.huludesktop (~) - gedit

In the .huludesktop file, you’ll see an entry that says:

flash_location = (null)

You need to change this so that it points to where you have flash installed. Mine looks like this.

flash_location = /usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree/

To find the location of your flash install, open a terminal and type:
$ locate
Make the change then save the file and your done.

Go to APPLICATIONS > SOUND & VIDEO > Hulu Desktop.

Or from the command prompt, type:
$ huludesktop
have fun


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