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And There You Have It: You Need Novell (Not Just .NET) to Run Moonlight

The closer you look, the worse it looks

Sliverlight for Linux? Not so fast. You'll need to pay some 'Microsoft tax' first, for protection from Novell -- a 'protection' that expires within about 4 years.

How do we know this? Thanks to our reader, Victor Soliz, we have it right from the horse's mouth. To paraphrase Victor and quote Miguel de Icaza, he says that in order to legally use Moonlight you will have to “download it from novell.” You will not face a problem “as long as you get/download Moonlight from Novell which will include patent coverage.“ That was Miguel's reply to a concerned reader.

That same thread once again shows Miguel love for OOXML, which to many of us represents corruption. He has just said that “OOXML is a superb standard...”

Remember that even Xandros and Linspire received no Mono 'protection'. It was explicitly excluded. For all it seems, Microsoft wishes to have Linux users maneuvered into SUSE like a pen of sheep. Then, Linux users will be at Microsoft's mercy.

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