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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RE: Soooo ....
by sultanqasim on Tue 20th Jan 2009 02:52 UTC in reply to "Soooo ...."
sultanqasim
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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? "
They could have used, uhh... flash! Its far more widespread than Silverlight, compatible with all major OSes, and even a functional FOSS version is availabe (gnash)!

"girl in college who didn't have all the tools needed for classes on her Linux netbook" - Not true; the girl was seriously retarded and was unable to realize that you do not need MS Word to type or IE to surf the net and simple things like that. If she wasn't so brain dead, she would have realized that linux would have worked fine for what she needed to do.

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