Hulu has taken their designed-for-widescreen, remote-friendly Desktop viewer and released it for Linux-powered systems, giving anyone with an open-source media center or Linux laptop an easier way to watch streaming video clips and movies on their much bigger screen.
From the looks of it, the Linux version looks and acts exactly like its Mac and Windows brethren. You flip between TV episodes and clips, and full-length movies, with side-to-side clicker motions, the full-screen video just works (despite difficulties you might have with your browser), and if you’ve got an infrared remote working with your system already, Hulu will probably work with it.
It’s odd, then, that Hulu will release a TV-friendly client for an open-source operating system and still give media centers like Boxee the cold shoulder. Still, it’s a nice little reward for those who made a Linux desktop client Hulu’s most requested feature.
Hulu Desktop for Linux is a free download, requires a modern Ubuntu or Fedora installation, Flash, and a few libraries, detailed at the link.