Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Feb 2009 08:05 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Mono Project Novell's Miguel de Icaza has announced on his blog that Moonlight has hit the 1.0 milestone. Moonlight is the open source implementation of Microsoft's Silverlight technology, a framework similar to Adobe's Flash. Silverlight has already been used during the Olympic Games and President Obama's inauguration for streaming those events across the internet.
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miguel
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From what I read, the license is Given first and foremost to Novell:
http://www.microsoft.com/interop/msnovellcollab/moonlight.mspx
Secondly to and "resellers, recipients, and distributors to the extent they are authorized (directly or indirectly) by Novell or its Subsidiaries"

Love this part: "... that run only as a plug-in to a browser on a Personal Computer and are not licensed under GPLv3". So... Moonlight - with the media pack, must be run from a browser. wtf!?


Correct. Microsoft is willing to provide free codecs to Linux users as long as they are used with Moonlight.

To get an idea of the cost of these codecs, you can look at Fluendo's own codec pack, that goes for 28 euros per machine. It seems reasonable that Microsoft would choose to only distribute the codecs that they have licensed from MPEGLA and Fraunhofer for use in Moonlight and not to solve Linux's media problems for us.

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