Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Pipelight is a browser plugin which enables the use of Microsoft’s close-source Silverlight, in order to have access at video streaming services, like Netflix, for example.
Pipelight needs both a Linux library and a Windows file called pluginloader.exe, that loads the Silverlight DLLs via Wine. Many popular television services, including Netflix can be watched only via Silverlight / Pipelight, so this workaround is quite useful.
The latest version available is Pipelight 0.2.7, which has been recently released, with support for Shockware 188.8.131.52, Flash 184.108.40.206, updates for the the Unity 3D plugin Adobereader, FoxitReader and the Roblox plugin, got a system-check utility that verifies if the installation is correct, got fixes so that Firefox does not detect the wrong plugin versions, added experimental support for the TrianglePlayer plugin, etc. For more information, see the changelog.
In this article I will show you how to install Pipelight 0.2.7 on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 16 Petra, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Elementary OS 0.3 Isis, Elementary OS 0.2 Luna, LXLE 14.04 and derivative systems.
Because it is available via PPA, installing Pipelight 0.2.7 on the listed Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Pinguy OS, LXLE and Elementary OS systems is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the pipelight-multi package. Like this:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install --install-recommends pipelight-multi
Next, make sure that the pipelight plugin is up to date:
$ sudo pipelight-plugin --update
Optional, to remove pipelight*, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove pipelight*