09.16.09

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Novell’s Moonlight Becomes Less Relevant as Silverlight Gets Dumped Again

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Novell at 7:46 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft Moonlight

Summary: Moon Lie (Moonlight) and Silver Lie (Silverlight) are not accepted for real-world use, despite the fact that Microsoft pays a lot of money for it to be spread

SEVERAL MONTHS ago, Silver Lie lost major customers who had cost Microsoft a lot of money. Yes, Microsoft pays rather than charges for adoption. The strategy is not quite working, not even with those incentives. Customers ditch Silver Lie pretty fast. Examples include The New York Times and American baseball. The latest large “poster child” to have abandoned Sliver Lie is ITV. The Register reports:

In a blow to Microsoft, ITV has switched the technology powering its web streaming service from Silverlight to Adobe’s more widely installed Flash.

Our regular reader has some more interpretation of this news. What does it mean to those who reject Microsoft Moonlight on their GNU/Linux boxes? Well, they might never have to use the thing unless Microsoft troublemakers get their way.

“We could refresh the look and feel of the entire desktop with Moonlight”

Miguel de Icaza

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3 Comments

  1. aeshna23 said,

    September 16, 2009 at 11:49 am

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    Last week, I installed MoonOS on my laptop recently and use it when I use my laptop. I haven’t got around to removing the mono infection which this interesting and excellent distro sadly includes. The reason I haven’t remove it is that I want to commit the sin of actually looking at something in silverlight (you know, the usual attraction of the forbidden which usually leads to ennui). Is there anything out there worthwhile in silverlight, so I can get this out of my system and mono out of my laptop?

    Mikko Reply:

    you’ll have to find something made for silverlie 1.0 moonlight 1.0.1 only works with 1.0 content

  2. aeshna23 said,

    September 16, 2009 at 5:04 pm

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    Well, I tried about 20 Silverlight sites, and not one of them worked using Moon0S 3. Maybe, we are too worried about a “technology” that doesn’t work. (Perhaps, Moonlight on OpenSuse works?) Of course, there is always a possibility that Novell/Microsoft will get Moonlight working–but until then Moonlight isn’t much of a threat.

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