Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Aug 2007 21:11 UTC, submitted by rx182
Mono Project When Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie unveiled Silverlight at MIX07, he vowed that it would be a cross-platform technology. It appears as if the software giant is making good on that pledge: SD Times has learned that some of Microsoft's top developers have provided technical guidance for a Linux implementation of Silverlight.
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by systyrant on Thu 9th Aug 2007 21:18 UTC
systyrant
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2007-01-18

I'm a bit of a hypocrite, but I'm not touching Silverlight. Then again I don't like flash either.

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RE: Maybe...
by Seth Quarrier on Thu 9th Aug 2007 21:33 in reply to "Maybe..."
Seth Quarrier Member since:
2005-11-13

I don't know, I don't trust Microsoft any more then the next guy, but then again, in this case they may need as much support as they can get in order to compete with Adobe and in this case it may be to Microsoft's benefit to help the Free Software comunity with an implementation, for all of the issues people have with Mono, this could be a huge improvement on Adobe's closed source x86-only flash player. I think it is far better that the Linux comunity is in on this action than sitting on the sideline rooting for Adobe. A bit of competition wouldn't hurt anybody.

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RE[2]: Maybe...
by kaiwai on Thu 9th Aug 2007 21:45 in reply to "RE: Maybe..."
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2005-07-06

I don't know, I don't trust Microsoft any more then the next guy, but then again, in this case they may need as much support as they can get in order to compete with Adobe and in this case it may be to Microsoft's benefit to help the Free Software comunity with an implementation, for all of the issues people have with Mono, this could be a huge improvement on Adobe's closed source x86-only flash player. I think it is far better that the Linux comunity is in on this action than sitting on the sideline rooting for Adobe. A bit of competition wouldn't hurt anybody.


True - given the state of flash on the platforms, and the lack of support for certain platforms (FreeBSD, Linux on PPC, SPARC etc) - I want to see Adobe step up to the plate and stop treating their customers like trash.

I mean, Microsoft won't provide a client, but if they at least provide assistance, its a damn site more than the lack-there-of of assistance that Adobe provides to gnuash.

Ultimately I hope Microsoft realises that those who don't run Windows don't necessarily hate Microsoft - and as such, are happy to purchase services from Microsoft.

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RE: Maybe...
by butters on Thu 9th Aug 2007 21:48 in reply to "Maybe..."
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2005-07-08

Moonlight is free software. We can redistribute it freely. We can fork it. We can study it. We can add cool functionality. That makes it different from Flash or any other proprietary development framework available for Linux.

Some parts of Mono are perhaps questionable. But these parts are contained, and the rest is simply the best high-level runtime we have in the free software arsenal. I'm not a fan of Novell or Microsoft as companies. But I like the free software implementation of Microsoft's rich Internet stack. It's more elegant and advanced than the Sun stack, and it shares more components with the Adobe stack.

The only other option is to get cracking on a purely home-grown solution. We have Parrot as a suitable starting point. It'll take a few years to get it to the point where Moonlight, JavaFX, and Flash are today.

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RE[2]: Maybe...
by lemur2 on Fri 10th Aug 2007 03:31 in reply to "RE: Maybe..."
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2007-02-17

Moonlight is free software. We can redistribute it freely. We can fork it. We can study it. We can add cool functionality. That makes it different from Flash or any other proprietary development framework available for Linux.


... except for, of course, the standard for animation of web graphics, which is SVG and SMIL.

http://www.w3.org/TR/SVG11/animate.html
http://srufaculty.sru.edu/david.dailey/svg/SVGAnimations.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SVG_animation

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