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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RE: Maybe...
by butters on Thu 9th Aug 2007 21:48 UTC in reply to "Maybe..."
butters
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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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RE[3]: Maybe...
by Nelson on Fri 10th Aug 2007 04:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Maybe..."
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

What's wrong with not going against a standard if you're willing to provide technical help on implementing your platform? If anything, it sounds like competition.

Why should established standards be the end of the road? That does nothing but stagnate innovation.

I don't have a problem with people implementing new things if they provide technical documentation or support.

Moonlight is open source, and like mentioned above it can be studied and improved.

The standards were created to go against propriatary platforms who provide no documentation or technical assistance.

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