Pipelight 0.2.5

Written for Pipelight by Michael Müller on 2014-02-22

The Pipelight version 0.2.5 introduces some new plugins and adds some code to make the windows part more compatible with different Mingw32/64 versions. Unlike the previous releases the number of changes is quite small and the reason for this is that we are currently working more on other Pipelight related parts than the code itself.

Pipelight is used by many users (over 52.000 downloads for 0.2.4.2 on Ubuntu) with different distributions which makes it quite time expensive to maintain all the different packages. There is currently no build service which supports all the distributions that are supported by us, so that we need to use different services with different version control systems and different input formats. Some distributions are completely unsupported by any build server like avlinux or they support only the stable version of a distribution, so that we always had to hack around these restrictions. To solve these and many other problems, we created our own build system and started with the distributions which are currently unsupported. We try to keep the old repositories if possible, so that everyone will still receive updates, but support for new distributions will most probably be available through our self hosted repositories. There are already some first results of our self created build system: Prebuilt packages for Arch Linux, correct packages for Debian jessie / sid and packages for Mageia 4. Moreover we also decided to build pluginloader.exe for every commit so that you can still test every git version of Pipelight without installing MinGW. You can grab the files at http://repos.fds-team.de/pluginloader/

Although the source code changes were quite small, there is one noticeable plugin addition: npactivex. This plugin is a wrapper to execute ActiveX plugins in browsers supporting the NPAPI, which, in combination with Pipelight, can now be used on Linux. Anyway, npactivex is not really capable of executing all kinds of ActiveX plugins, but is focused mostly on chinese banking websites. Most of the banking websites there require an ActiveX control for the login interface, so it is not even possible to use them on Windows machines with other browsers than the Internet Explorer. Anyway, as npactivex is only a wrapper plugin, you will still need to install the ActiveX plugin into the wine prefix used by Pipelight and it also requires a browser extension which is only available for Chrome / Chromium. You can find the necessary instructions on how to achieve this at http://fds-team.de/cms/pipelight-installation.html#section_2_7 . The other additions were the Roblox plugin and finally a man page for "pipelight-plugin", which should make more clear what all the supported commands do internally.

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If you want to see all the changes in detail please take a look at the the full changelog:
https://bitbucket.org/mmueller2012/pipelight/raw/master/debian/changelog

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