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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I'm not really upset about this
by lawlernet on Tue 20th Jan 2009 04:24 UTC
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It seems like a really dumb move, if they wanted to reach the maximum amount of people possible, they should have just went with Flash. But there are plenty of other sites around that will be streaming it, much of which I would think to check for coverage for it rather than the official government website.

If the only way to access this was using Silverlight, then I guess it'd be worth getting upset over. But, like other posters have said, you can easily access it elsewhere.

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