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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RE: Soooo ....
by Laurence on Tue 20th Jan 2009 15:39 UTC in reply to "Soooo ...."
Laurence
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2007-03-26

Edit: I see that I have already been marked down. Do you guys think I'm trolling here?


Not trolling - just missing the point a little.
Microsoft specific standards will always favour Microsoft platforms. We all know this and, for 99% of day-to-day usage, this can usually be worked around (I know I've never hit major road blocks using Linux and FreeBSD - so I assume the same is true with OS X)

However, for a major government (or even any government really) to publicly favour a standard that excludes huge numbers of people* to such a high demand facility is simply bad decision making and/or programming.

Particularly given that there are more accessible standards that are available and have already been proven to work.

* Windows may hold a percentage majority, but the actual numbers of desktop installs of non-Windows OSs is still significant enough to cater for)

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RE[2]: Soooo ....
by WorknMan on Tue 20th Jan 2009 21:08 in reply to "RE: Soooo ...."
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2005-11-13

Not trolling - just missing the point a little.


I understand and agree that the government should've used something more open than Silverlight. That wasn't really my point.

I just found it a little ironic that this issue was raised by (according to the OSNews piece) a self-professed open source advocate, when it is clear that there are no open source alternatives that have the capability to currently do with Flash and Silverlight can do.

Microsoft specific standards will always favour Microsoft platforms. We all know this and, for 99% of day-to-day usage, this can usually be worked around (I know I've never hit major road blocks using Linux and FreeBSD - so I assume the same is true with OS X)


Even if your number of 99% is correct (though I believe that to be a little optimistic), there's still a lot of stuff that has to be worked around, even if you can get it to work. In other words, you basically have to hack it, and that can be a pain sometimes. But the zealots who are urging people to jump ship from Windows don't bother to inform people of this, talking about how grand life is going to be on 'GNU/Linux'... "format your hard drive, pop in the Ubuntu CD, and life is bliss. Got Windows games? No problem! Just throw on Cedaga, and all your games will run just as good as they did in Windows!" The actual reality of the situation is hardly presented in those '7 Reasons You Should Switch To Linux' articles.

Of course, as someone pointed out, there are also a lot of BS-Linux campaigns. But these are put on by billion dollar corporations who are looking for a profit, not by normal end users of their products.

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