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Pipelight: A Way To Get Netflix On Linux

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Published on 17 August 2013 02:03 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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Pipelight is a new open-source project for getting Microsoft Silverlight applications to run within web-browsers on Linux, including the widely sought after Netflix Player on Linux.

The Pipelight project for Silverlight in Linux browsers works with any browser supporting the Netscape Plugin API (e.g. Firefox) and consists of a Linux library loaded by the web-browser and also a Windows program started in Wine. The fake Windows program simulates a browser and loads the Silverlight DLL libraries. The Pipelight work by the developers included implementing the necessary Digital Rights Management support for Netflix within Wine.

For those curious about this Pipelight project for running Netflix and other Silverlight programs within Linux web-browsers can visit this project page. There is extensive documentation and setup instructions for those wishing to try out this promising open-source project.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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