In all my thrashing about trying to get Netflix installed on my Linux Mint 17 notebook, I finally figured out my problem: while Ubuntu PPAs do typically work just fine on Linux Mint, you’ll have to do more than just run sudo apt-add-repository to get them going.
So, here’s the trick: you have to set things up manually.
Copy an existing PPA in cd /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ (I used the one I set up for google chrome) and paste in the correct URL for deb lines.
What follows is more of a specific how-to for setting up Netflix, but I’ll include it as it might help someone, and it gives you a better idea of how to apply this approach to any other “non-Mint” PPA.
Here’s the contents of my hand-crafted pipelight.list file:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/pipelight/stable/ubuntu trusty main deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/pipelight/stable/ubuntu trusty main
I found these URLs by going to this page:
and unhiding the “Technical details about this PPA” div (click the arrow).
Now, you have to also “trust the key” which was a bit trickier, here’s what I typed:
sudo gpg --ignore-time-conflict --no-options --no-default-keyring --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv 37D519856DA17931CD1123FBFB5DF26925396B8E
FYI, that key hash is visible on the launchpad.net page:
and the gpg commands are copied from the second screenshot under “Signing key … what is this?”
Now all you have to do is (note below is what worked for me, there might be an easier way to do it):
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install --install-recommends pipelight-multi pipelight-plugin --update sudo apt-get install pipelight