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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Agreed. While I do like C# as a language (which is a standard and could be implemented by anyone) I don't like the situation with Mono at all. Sure, Microsoft worked with them... this time. What about next time? And the time after that? There's no real advantage for Microsoft in making Mono and/or Moonlight fully comply with .NET and Silverlight. In fact, they have a good reason to keep them just that little bit out of date, the better to make it look less attractive to prospective developers and keep attracting them to Microsoft's platform but not appear they are doing so. It's actually a sound business move by MS, though it puts Mono in a very bad position.
It is the height of foolishness to hand your executioner the noose with which you are to be hanged, and I can't help but feel this is exactly what Novell has done with Mono.

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