Pipelight, the most effective alternative to using Netflix on Linux

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As we all know very well, Microsoft decided to launch its framework Silverlight only for Windows and Mac OS X, leaving Linux out and thus depriving you of being able to use Netflix, LOVEFilm and other similar services to millions of users who use a penguin distro.

Of course, later we met Netflix Desktop and the problem was partly solved, although not entirely because it is a solution that involves the use of Wine, and we already know that the performance of this tool is not uniform and varies according to the type of software that we want to use. But there is another alternative, more agile and with fewer dependencies, and it is called Pipelight.

It is a project that offers support for Silverlight on Linux in those browsers with support for the Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI), among which we can mention Firefox and Midori. Also to Google Chrome, although for a short time since the Mountain View company has already announced that it will stop offering support for it.

Among the novelties that this brought new version of Pipelight we can mention the support for Adobe Flash, which in future versions will allow the use of DRM. In addition, it is now also possible to define the Pipelight installation for each user of the system, instead of having to do the general installation, and the operation of the hardware acceleration emulation has been improved.

Install Pipelight it's very simple and in esta página we have the explanation to do it in several of the main distros (Ubuntu, Debian, Arch Linux, openSUSE, Fedora or to compile the source code).

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