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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i have that feeling
by Mellin on Thu 9th Aug 2007 21:29 UTC
Mellin
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2005-07-06

that they will fool everyone that starts to use silverlight outside windows world with a small update to the windows version that breaks support for the other operatingsystems

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RE: i have that feeling
by BluenoseJake on Thu 9th Aug 2007 23:47 in reply to "i have that feeling"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

yeah, that's right, you must be on the management team.

Let's just wait and see what happens, they haven't done anything to Mono yet, why would they do that with MoonLight? It's in their best interests to help it, especially since adobe tends to neglect the Linux port of Flash. Look how long it took them to update the flash plugin to version 9? they skipped 8 all together, and left us all in the lurch. MS would be smart to encourage MoonLight as much as possible.

Edited 2007-08-09 23:50

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RE: i have that feeling
by PlatformAgnostic on Fri 10th Aug 2007 03:53 in reply to "i have that feeling"
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2006-01-02

Perhaps you can explain the mechanism for this break? You have a piece of software on a server which gets downloaded to a Linux or Windows client to run in the browser. Now, there's a small update in one of the clients that somehow causes the other clients to break. How can this be? Are you saying that they'll make an update to the Windows client to suddenly DDoS all the linux clients or something?

Or do you just have no idea what you're talking about?

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RE[2]: i have that feeling
by smittal on Fri 10th Aug 2007 05:46 in reply to "RE: i have that feeling"
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2006-02-03

I think the idea is that Microsoft will update the Silverlight API/File Format and free implementations will lack this new functionality and no longer be compatible.

This is the "extend, extinguish" part of the embrace, extend, extinguish trifecta.

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RE: i have that feeling
by google_ninja on Fri 10th Aug 2007 04:14 in reply to "i have that feeling"
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2006-02-05

Considering Moonlight is not made by microsoft, but engineered by Novell under the LGPL off of the ECMA specification, it doesn't really matter what Microsoft does or doesn't do, as Silverlight and Moonlight are two different implementations of the same standard. MS has put alot of money and man hours into making this a cross platform technology, it would be kind of odd for them to then throw that all away.

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RE[2]: i have that feeling
by Beta on Fri 10th Aug 2007 08:48 in reply to "RE: i have that feeling"
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2005-07-06

There’s an ECMA specification for Silverlight?

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RE: i have that feeling
by Soulbender on Fri 10th Aug 2007 09:04 in reply to "i have that feeling"
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2005-08-18

"windows world with a small update to the windows version that breaks support for the other operatingsystems"

You mean just like what Adobe/Macromedia does with Flash?

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