Pipelight 0.2.6 released and Ubuntu PPA installation instructions included
What is new in Pipelight 0.2.6
Pipelight 0.2.6 adds two new plugins and improves the currently supported plugins, especially Silverlight. Before we take a closer look at these changes, we would like to make two small announcements
We added support for the ViewRight plugin which is used by some VOD services as DRM player. The plugin is only available in a re-branded version and often ships with some custom configuration in the installer. In this release we added the Caiway version of this plugin ("viewright-caiway"), but feel free to contact us if you are using a different VOD service.
The other new plugin is the Vizzed RGR which ships an emulator to play old games. It seemed to be a bit buggy in our tests, but feel free to activate "vizzedrgr" and test it.
We added support for 64 bit plugins in Pipelight and it is now possible to play around with the 64 bit version of flash and unity3d. There are still many issues since the 64 bit plugins tend to hit more bugs in Wine than the 32 bit versions, but we already started to fix some of them. In the mean time these plugins are considered as experimental and you need to unlock them first ("x64-flash", "x64-unity3d"). In case you are compiling pipelight on your own, you need to pass "--with-win64" to configure.
We also had to change the Wine version on Ubuntu / Debian as our previous releases were 32 bit only. The only disadvantage is that the old installation is not automatically updated to the 64 bit capable version, so that you need to execute "sudo apt-get install wine-compholio:amd64" manually. Even if you want to stay with the 32 bit only version, you need to execute "sudo apt-get distupgrade" instead of a normal upgrade, since the new wine version is now split across multiple packages.
Note: You can not use a 64 bit only version of Wine as for example the installers of the plugins are 32 bit executable.
--[Compilers MinGW / WineG++]--
Pipelight uses MinGW to compile it's windows part causing problems with some distributions as they do not offer a cross compiler. This raised the question to support the WineG++ compiler as it just depends on a normal gcc, but using this compiler always resulted in broken executable. We were now able to track down the bug to a wrong alignment of doubles inside of structures with WineG++ and implemented a workaround. It is now possible to use WineG++ to compile the 32 bit version of pluginloader.exe and no cross compiler is needed any more (the 64 bit version is still broken).
--[Silverlight User Agent]--
Install Pipelight 0.2.6 on ubuntu
Open the terminal and run the following commands
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pipelight