Pipelight Progresses For Silverlight, Netflix On Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in WINE on 15 February 2014 at 12:50 PM EST. 10 Comments
The open-source Pipelight project that seeks to support Microsoft's Silverlight on Linux through the use of Wine, continues making progress and is under active development. Pipelight remains a way to make it possible to play Netflix movies on Linux.

I first wrote about Pipelight back in August during the project's early days and it's been making good progress since. The approach of Pipelight isn't to reimplement Silverlight as open-source or using Mono and its former Moonlight project, but is a special browser plug-in for loading the Windows-only plug-ins on Linux web-browsers. Silverlight isn't the only focus but Flash, Shockwave, and the Unity web-player have also been targets to Pipelight that uses a patched version of Wine for loading the Silverlight library.

Those wishing to learn more about Pipelight can visit the Launchpad project page and earlier this month at FOSDEM was a presentation concerning Pipelight and WINE -- there are PDF slides available for those interested in the low-level details of this browser plug-in project.

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