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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by ssa2204 on Tue 20th Jan 2009 23:14 UTC
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I am still amazed at how mediocre quality Flash video can suck up 95% of my CPU. Does Silverlight perform as miserably? Ironic if it does as I was just watching a WMV video that was 5x the quality of Flash but used about 5x less the CPU..give or take.

As for this actual topic, how many are actually going to watch the feed via the official inauguration site anyways? I think most are going to use something like MSNBC, CNN, BBC, etc..

p.s. Ironic that MSNBC uses Flash, and not Silverlight.

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