A Simple Fix for Getting Amazon Instant Video to Play on Linux Mint
I've been a happy Amazon Prime customer for several years, and an unhappy Windows 8 customer since I mistakenly purchased a license for that product. I've made the decision to cut my losses with Windows 8 and move exclusively to Linux Mint. One snag I hit with this plan was in playing amazon instant video. Instead of the video starting as expected, I get a dialog box stuck on the "Updating Player."
To fix this problem, I installed the hardware abstraction layers packages hal and libhal1 for my distro using the command:
sudo apt-get install libhal1 hal
And now magically, I have Amazon Prime videos streaming on Linux Mint 14.