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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or in other words - mono is at the mercy of microsoft ...

Precisely so. It has always been so.

This is EXACTLY why everyone should shun Mono/Silverlight utterly.

Before people pipe up and say the Flash is at the mercy of Adobe ... be advised in advance that this is NOT the case. The OpenScreen initiative opens up the specifications for Flash, and permits anyone at all to write their own implementation without having to pay royalties.

On Linux, the alternatives to getting flash from Adobe include gnash and swfdec.

Edited 2009-01-21 00:53 UTC

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