Pipelight 0.2.7 provides many enhancements and bug fixes to make the usage more convenient. The new version includes additional tools to find configuration issues on your system and improves the performance on AMD graphic cards as GPU acceleration is now enabled by default. Anyway, the most important change for our new users might be that we created a dedicated website on pipelight.net which contains a completely revised installing instructions and FAQ entries.
Pipelight 0.2.6 adds two new plugins and improves the currently supported plugins, especially Silverlight. Before we take a closer look at these changes, we would like to make two small announcements: First of all, we are currently working on GPU decoding and we already have a working prototype which decodes mpeg2 on the GPU when using the windows version of VLC as player. There is still a lot of work left, but we hope that we can support GPU decoding for flash (and hopefully silverlight) in future versions. The second news is that we are presenting a talk about Pipelight at LinuxTag 2014 in Berlin, so feel free to join us!
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.
The Pipelight version 0.2.4 introduces some speed improvements which especially target Silverlight on slower systems that were not able to reach the full frame rate. By modifying the wine patches and several changes to make Pipelight work a bit more asynchronously this effectively increases the performance. Other changes introduced support for the Widevine plugin or made Pipelight compatible with even more browsers.
The Pipelight version 0.2.3 introduces new security concepts for using Windows plugins on Linux - this includes EXPERIMENTAL sandbox support and an easier way to update to the current version of plugins. Since the number of supported plugins and Pipelight users is increasing the topic security got much more important and we started to develop new mechanisms to lower the surface for attacks. We will of course still provide regular pipelight updates, especially for security critical stuff (0.2.2 for example was only a security update containing a new version for flash and some minor bug fixes), but we wanted to improve this even more. Before we take a closer look at these new features I want to inform you about some changes which are not directly related to this Pipelight version but important nevertheless: