Pipelight – Using Silverlight in Linux browsers
Pipelight consists out of two parts: A Linux library which is loaded into the browser and a Windows program started in Wine. The Windows program, called pluginloader.exe, simply simulates a browser and loads the Silverlight DLLs. When you open a page with a Silverlight application the library will send all commands from the browser through a pipe to the Windows process and act like a bridge between your browser and Silverlight.
Install pipelight on ubuntu
Open the terminal and run the following comamnds
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mqchael/pipelight
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pipelight
You may need to accept a license agreement for a set of fonts during the installation. After it's done just start your browser, type about:plugins in the addressbar and hit enter -- if the installation went well you should now see Silverlight in your plugin list and everything is ready to run! Pipelight will install Silverlight on the first start of your browser, this may freeze the interface for several minutes (and you may just see a blank page without any progress). There might appear some dialog asking if Mono or Gecko should be installed during the Silverlight installation -- you can safely choose no, as this is not necessary to get Pipelight running. After this step, the overall performance of your browser shouldn't be affected any more.
If you prefer to use Pipelight using your existing version of Wine and Silverlight, you need to invoke apt-get with the following parameter:
sudo apt-get --no-install-recommends install pipelight
Thank you Erich and Michael for this great solution.
I had to install it to access a section on my children high-school website
It works perfect under Linux Mint Maya with Firefox, with Chrome, Silverlight loads but never presents the login screen.
I have, however, a question: How can the silverlight part be updated ? If Microsoft finds a Siverlight vulnerability and issues a patch is the only option to update to remove completelly pipelight and install it again (which will hopefully wget the latest Silverlight, including patches) ?
Many thanks for the the how to.
I am stuck however on
cp /usr/share/pipelight/pipelight ~/.config/pipelight
I get message saying ‘cannot stat ‘pipelight’: No such file or directory’. There is certainly a file pipelight in the directory specified so must be problem with ‘~/.config/pipelight’ command?
I guess I must be making numpty mistake. Grateful for any advice.
I get an error when trying to use pipelight ..
Do you have a clue how I can solve this ?
– System.Collections.Generic.KeyNotFoundException: [Arg_KeyNotFound]
Debugging resource strings are unavailable. Often the key and arguments provide sufficient information to diagnose the problem. See http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=106663&Version=5.1.20513.00&File=mscorlib.dll&Key=Arg_KeyNotFound
at System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary`2.get_Item(TKey key)
at System.Windows.ResourceManagerWrapper.GetResourceForUri(Uri xamlUri, Type componentType)
Works like a dream – I can hardly believe it 🙂 Thanx a LOT!!!!!
something got screwed up… how do I delete it and start over from scratch?
It will not play netflix.
You need to fool netflix to believe that you are using windows.
On firefox you can use this addon and pretend to use Firefox 24 Windows
and on chrome this one pretending that you use firefox 15 Windows:
I’ve followed the steps – including Mikael’s comment on the user agent spoofer for chrome. When I go to netflix, it tells me that ActiveX is not enabled. Is there something simple I’m missing?