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.
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And ?
by mmu_man on Tue 20th Jan 2009 13:12 UTC
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It's still a proprietary thing, and won't work on many platforms.
Moonlight isn't available everywhere either, and is probably too large for some of them.
Was it too hard to just use a standard video format ?

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RE: And ?
by PlatformAgnostic on Tue 20th Jan 2009 16:28 in reply to "And ?"
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What? Do you want to watch the inauguration on your toaster? Mono ought to work on most reasonable computer platforms that people use without MSFT Silverlight support: Linux/x86, Mac/PPC. What else do you want to run it on?

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