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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Nice
by merkoth on Fri 10th Aug 2007 02:52 UTC
merkoth
Member since:
2006-09-22

And I'm not being sarcastic. Providing info is better than providing a not-so-reliable, late-to-party player, like Adobe did with Flash.

I don't like nor flash nor Silverlight nor MS, but that doesn't mean that this isn't a step in the right direction. No one pushes MS to make open source software, all we ask is fair play. Just tell us how your software works, we'll take care of everything else.

To those talking about lock-in, only time will tell. MS has bullshitted the whole world more than once with their "cross platform" technologies just to drop other platforms soon after releasing them.

But, let's be honest: How worse can things get? Is there someone that still expects something from MS regarding interoperability or openness? If this ends up being just another let down well... we'll all say to ourselves "Told ya!" and resume our everyday tasks. It's not like you can't live without MS...

For the moment, kudos to MS for behaving like they should started behaving...ten years ago. Maybe Windows 10 will make me move away from FOSS.

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RE: Nice
by monodeldiablo on Fri 10th Aug 2007 05:38 in reply to "Nice"
monodeldiablo Member since:
2005-07-06

You're kidding, right?

Some of you people sound like domestic abuse victims: you'll take a beating for years, but forgive at the first sign of attention. Do you honestly, really think that Microsoft has miraculously changed their ways this time? They honestly don't understand the premise behind open source and open standards. This is just one of many strategies they're deploying to grab some more turf from a competitor and fatten their wallets. If they get a little PR in the process, great, but don't convince yourselves that they're doing this for cooperation, standards or especially the long haul. They've got a pretty good record of being nice one minute and mean the next 10 years. Whatever it takes to get a little market share.

Also, how could Microsoft possibly be better than Adobe on this front? If Adobe is a "late-to-party player" (having released Flash years ago and [partially] opened PDF and XMP... the only worthwhile formats and "standards" they own), then what does that make the company that's never released an application for -- or cooperated with -- the open source community? These guys have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the interoperability table at every turn. You'd have to have the memory of a goldfish to believe that Microsoft is the better party in all this.

Excuse me if I'm just a little more cynical and cautious. Until Microsoft releases a blanket statement indemnifying all distributors and users of its .NET runtime (and its derivatives, clones, interfaces, and clients) against legal action or retribution of any kind, I can't trust them.

I just keep waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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RE[2]: Nice
by Soulbender on Fri 10th Aug 2007 09:00 in reply to "RE: Nice"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"Some of you people sound like domestic abuse victims"

Yet other sound like the kind of people who wear tinfoil hats and think the moonlanding was fake.

"never released an application for -- or cooperated with -- the open source community?"

Ajax.
Microsoft has also contributed a lot to other open standards like DAV.

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