Netflix Uses Open Source Software
On Friday, Netflix vice president Kevin McEntee wrote about the company's commitment to using and contributing to open source projects.
"We do utilize some commercial software," McEntee said, "but there is often the alternative choice of utilizing open source software, preferably open source software that implements an open standard."
It's worth noting that Netflix's streaming video service does not run natively on Linux. You have to use VirtualBox, or some other virtualization solution to watch streaming video from Netflix because it uses Microsoft's Silverlight.