Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Aug 2007 17:45 UTC, submitted by WillM
Microsoft "Microsoft, apparently, is helping the folks at Mono to port Silverlight to Linux. This is good news, as the primary fear I've heard from developers is that Silverlight will be locked to Microsoft platforms and products. Microsoft has already committed to supporting Silverlight cross-browser on Windows, and has a version that runs on Mac OS X (which is even available from the Apple web site). The last step is Linux, and Microsoft is working with Novell and Mono to make this happen."
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RE[2]: Novell
by WarpKat on Tue 14th Aug 2007 21:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Novell"
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2006-02-06

OGG/Vorbis or AACS/MP4 would be better choices IMHO.

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RE[3]: Novell
by kaiwai on Wed 15th Aug 2007 08:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Novell"
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2005-07-06

OGG/Vorbis or AACS/MP4 would be better choices IMHO.


Which would still require royalty payments. I'd love to see Vorbis/Ogg but the reality is people love their proprietary formats, even if it yields no real benefit above the free alternatives.

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RE[4]: Novell
by lemur2 on Wed 15th Aug 2007 10:13 in reply to "RE[3]: Novell"
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2007-02-17

Which would still require royalty payments. I'd love to see Vorbis/Ogg but the reality is people love their proprietary formats, even if it yields no real benefit above the free alternatives.


Rubbish. People would be absolutely fine with royalty free ogg vorbis if they thought their system had it.

What actually happens if you try to play an ogg vorbis file on a default-install Windows system is that Windows doesn't even try to get a codec (as it does for other formats) but rather it shows a message that ogg vorbis isn't supported.

If you read that message casually, you might be lead to believe that Windows software actually couldn't support that format, rather than the actual truth, which is that Microsoft doesn't want you to use it (lest you become less tied to Windows).

You can in fact get an ogg vorbis codec for Windows.
http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Vorbis_Ogg_ACM.htm

You can in fact get a whole free (as in freedom) media player for Windows.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VLC_media_player
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

... which will even play DVDs for you:
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/features.html
(now THAT is a cross-platform application)

... but Microsoft don't want you to have such freedom, so you better not use it, hey fanboi.

Edited 2007-08-15 10:28

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