Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th Dec 2009 16:58 UTC
Mono Project The Mono project has released Moonlight 2, the open source implementation of Microsoft's Silverlight. Moonlight allows Silverlight content to run on platforms that do not have an official Silverlight client, such as Linux and PowerPC Macs. Microsoft also expanded its patent agreement with Novell to cover all users of Moonlight, no matter the Linux version.
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A good reason not to use
by FunkyELF on Fri 18th Dec 2009 17:43 UTC
FunkyELF
Member since:
2006-07-26

One of the main reasons I got into open source software is because I didn't like the idea that newer versions of software could cost anything.
Why invest time in learning Photoshop when this version costs $600 but the next version may cost $3,000.
Some might say, just keep using the version you already bought. What happens when you can't buy a computer that comes with an OS that your version is compatible with?

Microsoft saying, "We won't sue users of Moonlight 2.0", is saying what about 2.0.1, or 2.5, or 4.0?

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RE: A good reason not to use
by Hiev on Fri 18th Dec 2009 17:59 in reply to "A good reason not to use"
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

I read the same comment in SlashDot.

Nobody can predict the future, but right now im glad we have open source implementations, I'll use them till HTML5 catch ups, it may take a while thougt.

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RE[2]: A good reason not to use
by FunkyELF on Fri 18th Dec 2009 19:08 in reply to "RE: A good reason not to use"
FunkyELF Member since:
2006-07-26

I read the same comment in SlashDot.


You caught me. I wasn't stealing though... that was me on there too.

Nobody can predict the future, but right now im glad we have open source implementations, I'll use them till HTML5 catch ups, it may take a while thougt.


Its a trap. Microsoft doesn't care about users. Look at IronPython. Microsoft did a ton of work to get great dynamic support in their runtime... but do you see Microsoft shipping any of their development tools with Python support? They'll make their platform attractive for Python developers, but would never promote Python because people might realize that its portable and can be run on non-Windows machines. Same thing with Moonlight. They won't sue but they aren't doing a hell of a lot either. Maybe by paying one guy's Salary they're just trying to avoid lawsuits by saying they made an effort. Who knows what their intentions are but we know from experience they can't be good.

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RE: A good reason not to use
by strcpy on Fri 18th Dec 2009 18:02 in reply to "A good reason not to use"
strcpy Member since:
2009-05-20

DELETED.

Edited 2009-12-18 18:08 UTC

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

DELETED.

Yep. These would not be users or customers of Microsoft. They would be users and/or distributors of a third party reimplementation of "Microsoft IP". Like TomTom.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

More than that, Microsoft is also saying they won't sue for Moonlight. If I throw moonlight in a larger project call it Earth-light, then what? Its a derived product, so it would still be covered under gpl, but would MS sue me, and any/all that use it?

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RE: A good reason not to use
by Ripples on Fri 18th Dec 2009 23:54 in reply to "A good reason not to use"
Ripples Member since:
2005-07-06

Worse yet, what if somehow the word "license" changes its meaning to "small rodent". The probability of that alone means that Microsoft is trying to ruin the open source community once again.

Why is Microsoft always trying to keep us down!!!!

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