Linked by weildish on Tue 20th Jan 2009 02:13 UTC
In the News Those up top (the Presidential Inaugural Committee) chose to utilize Microsoft's Silverlight technology to stream the upcoming inaugural events for the new president of the United States. Though Microsoft certainly likes this idea, this leaves out thousands of people in the US and elsewhere who still cannot run Silverlight or an open source alternative on their systems from viewing the streamed video online. Update by Thom: Linux and PowerPC Mac fans rejoice, as they can watch the inauguration as well using Moonlight. Migel De Icaza wrote: "Microsoft worked late last night to get us access to the code that will be used during the inauguration so we could test it with Moonlight." Microsoft and the Moonlight team fixed this issue in one afternoon, so it might be a little rough.
Thread beginning with comment 344455
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: Soooo ....
by Machster on Tue 20th Jan 2009 02:54 UTC in reply to "Soooo ...."
Machster
Member since:
2007-05-15

OK I'll take your bait. This is not anti-Windows, it is anti OS descrimination. Silverlight is made available only to a select group, not even most Mac users have access to it (last I checked v2 is not available for PPC) so it appears that maybe flash would have been a better option? Why not use a technology that can reach more users?

Reply Parent Score: 10

jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I'd expect the US President's IT team to be able to figure out how to stream video without requiring flash or silverlight. This decision was just plane lazy.

On the up side, moonlight had an overnight development cram session with access to the website code. Seems us lowly unix users are also allowed to watch the proceedings now. Would smoothing out the bugs over night happen in a proprietary company?

Reply Parent Score: 2