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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What is needed
by kaiwai on Wed 21st Jan 2009 07:11 UTC
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

What is needed is a Flash replacement; anyone who has ever used it for a long period of time will realise just how horrible it actually is.

Silverlight like .Net has so many possibilities but due to who is controlling it and the lack of transparency when it comes to disclosing the specifications etc. It is hard to trust Microsoft for the long term.

I really would love to see .Net and Silverlight 100% open standards and documented but I have a feeling that it is more of a pipe dream than something that'll ever come to fruition.

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