Linked by weildish on Tue 20th Jan 2009 02:13 UTC
In the News Those up top (the Presidential Inaugural Committee) chose to utilize Microsoft's Silverlight technology to stream the upcoming inaugural events for the new president of the United States. Though Microsoft certainly likes this idea, this leaves out thousands of people in the US and elsewhere who still cannot run Silverlight or an open source alternative on their systems from viewing the streamed video online. Update by Thom: Linux and PowerPC Mac fans rejoice, as they can watch the inauguration as well using Moonlight. Migel De Icaza wrote: "Microsoft worked late last night to get us access to the code that will be used during the inauguration so we could test it with Moonlight." Microsoft and the Moonlight team fixed this issue in one afternoon, so it might be a little rough.
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Soooo ....
by WorknMan on Tue 20th Jan 2009 02:34 UTC
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If they wanted to use an open source alternative, what kinds of open source alternatives can do the things that Silverlight and Flash can?

Anyway, this is one of the reasons why I use Windows as a primary OS. On one hand, alternative OS advocates claim that you can easily switch to another OS that can completely replace Windows, but on the other hand, I keep seeing things like this pop up. (Another recent story was about a girl in college who didn't have all the tools needed for classes on her Linux netbook.)

Don't get me wrong... I'm glad you guys are bitching about this, as well you should. On the other hand, some of these anti-Windows campaigns aren't exactly being completely honest about the things you can do in Windows that can't be done elsewhere. (And I'm talking for compatability reasons, not technical.)

Edit: I see that I have already been marked down. Do you guys think I'm trolling here?

Edited 2009-01-20 02:37 UTC

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