I need Silverlight installed on my Ubuntu system, so that I can see some of the Microsoft websites(mainly videos).
Are there any alternatives to Silverlight in Ubuntu? If so, what are they and how do I install them?
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Moonlight is an open source Silverlight implementation written in Mono. You can download it here: http://www.go-mono.com/moonlight/
Pipelight is the best alternative to Silverlight plugin in Ubuntu. Just open the terminal and add the following repository:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install pipelight
There is no need to do anything else. The installed plugin should appear among addons in your Internet browser and you should enjoy watching silverlight videos :) I have tested it in Firefox.
There is Moonlight that is a project from Novell.
Moonlight is available in different forms:
After you install pipelight, you also need to run two commmands with Ubuntu 14.04, as per this IT World page.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install pipelight sudo pipelight-plugin --update sudo pipelight-plugin --enable silverlight
I have tested this with Amazon instant video and it works!