Silverlight 5.1 plugin on PPC

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Hughmac, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. Hughmac macrumors demi-god

    Hughmac

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    This may help someone, or it may be a complete pile of poo, but here goes ...

    You know the Silverlight 2 hack where you fool the installer into letting you use the plugin on PPC machines - see http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/3707/mac-os-x-install-silverlight-2-on-non-intel-systems-ie-powerpc-or-osx86-installs/#sthash.mtKTQzMU.dpuf.
    Well, I went to http://mac.filehorse.com/download-silverlight/3749/ and downloaded every version one by one, then hacked them all to remove the InstallationCheck file.
    I installed them all to see what did what, and finally found that if you install Silverlight 2.0 first, then Silverlight 5.1.20513.0 it was detected as a plugin by the browser.
    The latest version (Silverlight 5.1.20913.0) put the plugin back to version 1.0 for some reason so I'm not using that one.

    I don't know what use it is to anyone, but the website at http://www.silverlightversion.com/ detects the plugin and the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 site (which is apparently built with Silverlight) seems to work OK http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/windows-server-2012-r2/default.aspx#fbid=m1W1hcKmga-.

    I'll check all these links at home later on an unhacked machine and promptly disprove all my theories :D

    Cheers :)

    Hugh
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    It sadly won't work. The plugin has been compiled from its closed source to be Intell only starting with 2.0. While it'll install and the browser will show it, it cannot be executed or ran.
     
  3. Hughmac thread starter macrumors demi-god

    Hughmac

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    Oh well, never mind, it's nicely wasted a couple of hours work time :D

    Cheers :)

    Hugh
     
  4. AmestrisXServe macrumors 6502

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    You are quite correct: This is precisely what I was discussing in another thread, regarding PPC support from third-party businesses.

    I really can;t overstate this: The primary reason that new PPC software doesn't exist is that open-source code isn't available. Silverlight is terrible in general, and if it was an open-source project, it would likely be far better, but it's a Microsoft product, so we all know what to expect.

    Even if you did have a port of an older SL5 version, the few websites that rely on it would force you to upgrade, by refusing to serve streams on older versions. Businesses such as Netflix want people to use Silverlight, primarily because it is closed source, and thus, harder to hack to remove DRM-encryption from streams.

    I don't think that merely hacking the version would help, mainly due to the ever-changing DRM algorithms.

    You can hack JAVA RTE to display a false version, and play streams set to require a version of X or higher, as the RTE code hasn't really changed much.
     
  5. ihuman:D macrumors 6502a

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    MS actually do have some of their products components open-sourced.
     
  6. AmestrisXServe macrumors 6502

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    True, but none of it has to do with DRM and Media types. Most of it is networking / protocol related.
     
  7. iMas70 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a website that I go onto that uses Silverlight. I can't view what I need to from my iPhone or iPad. I can view things on my Mac Mini and used to be able to upload images but that stopped working about 2 months ago. Any way to make this work or will I just have to keep using a Windows PC to do what I need to on the site?
     

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