How to admin your SDL Studio GroupShare from Ubuntu Linux

I have long been a Linux enthusiast. I actually started “trying to use it” since installing it seemed like an impossible mission. For a long time linux was not a option for a real world everyday PC for a translator/engineer. However, I grew really tired of Windows by the time Windows 8 was a beta (even when Windows 7 was a pretty solid end costumer option) and decided to switch to MAC, it took a couple of months to get used to it, but after that it was all a wonderful experience. The software is rock solid, the hardware is amazing (a “little” overpriced), and you could even use SDL Trados Studio by adding some RAM and using VMWare Fusion. So for about 4 years it was great, but as soon I really started to do some heavy sysadmin, then things start falling apart. So, long story short I decided to finally completely switch to linux. I’m currently using Ubuntu 14.04 and I have to say that it has been a really smooth experience. I am using VMWare Player to keep translating with my beautiful SDL Trados Studio 2014, but to be honest I was not comfortable with managing GroupShare through Internet Explorer. As you might know using GrooupShare requires Silverlight, which Microsoft only develops for Windows and Mac. Nevertheless, managing your server from Ubuntu is perfectly possible, just as watching Netflix is. And without any further preamble:

You will need to install Pipelight the linux port for Silverlight.

Open a terminal window.

2. Type in the following commands then hit Enter after each.

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

sudo pipelight-plugin –enable widevine

Then just go to this site on your firefox browser and check everything is working. After that just navigate to your GroupShare’s control panel.

If you want a little more info go here.