WE have already shown that Microsoft pretty much bribes for Silverlight to be adopted. It’s not exactly working though because Silverlight is occasionally being dumped, despite the misleading hype from Microsoft.
Major League Baseball to Silverlight: You’re Out
A year and a half after Microsoft proudly claimed baseball games nationwide would be streamed using its Silverlight streaming media player, Adobe’s Flash gets to pinch hit.
What can Microsoft do then? Novell to the rescue.
Many Microsoft fan blogs (e.g. Joe Wilcox, Ina Fried, Joe Tartakoff) are blogging about it, going as far as calling Moonlight “Silverlight for Linux”, which is deceiving because Moonlight and Silverlight are not the same thing and Silverlight will never run on GNU/Linux.
One of our readers, Eruaran, posted the following correction to the post (almost like a press release) from Seattle P-I’s Microsoft blog.
“Moonlight” is not Free Software, its not Silverlight and it is an insult to the idea and principles of Open Source. It is a patent trap that is only “licenced” to be available through Novell (Microsoft sock puppet) and run on Microsoft approved Novell Ballnux (Ballmers patent infected and compromised Linux) as part of Microsoft’s protection racket.
The editor of Microsoft Watch could not keep his mouth shut either. It’s all about Moonlight, whose main benefactor is Silverlight’s trailblazer, Microsoft.
The Microsoft advocates celebrate this development from Novell. One of the most ‘promiscuous’ Microsoft shills was no exception.
Microsoft and Novell said Tuesday they are nearly ready with a beta version of Moonlight — a Firefox add-on that allows Silverlight content to play on Linux PCs.
Who else? Scott Fulton, the man who wrote literature about Microsoft technology for decades. He covered this too.
In the next stage of what has turned out to be a more successful project than even its creators envisioned, the public beta of Moonlight — a runtime library for Linux supporting sites that expect Silverlight — is expected within days.
To summarise, lots of Microsoft journalists/bloggers seem to be promoting Microsoft DRM on the Web and neglect of Web standards. it was almost the same when Mono got released. Microsoft rejoices at the sight of Novell’s strategy that advances Microsoft’s control of developers, developers, developers, developers.