Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Oct 2010 20:48 UTC
Microsoft Most websites glossed over this, but we didn't. Silverlight, once touted as Microsoft's answer to Adobe's Flash, has been retooled from its original purpose. Microsoft is betting big on HTML5 instead, turning Silverlight into the development platform for Windows Phone, and that's it. So... Silverlight is dead - long live Silerlight?
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If I had to choose...
by NeoX on Sun 31st Oct 2010 03:20 UTC
NeoX
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2006-02-19

Honestly Silverlight is not that bad, even on a Mac. If I had to choose between flash or silverlight, flash would hit the dumpster. I hate watching videos in flash on my MacBook as it uses so much CPU that the fans kick on and it sounds like my MacBook is going to fly off my desk. OK that is an exaggeration, it's not that loud, certainly not HP laptop loud! But still it shouldn't be that way if flash was more efficient and not such a dog.

Silverlight, on the other hand, does not cause my fans to blast up to full. I watched an hour or so of MSDN video in silverlight the other night and it was fine, no airplane on my desk! :-D

Of course, I suppose neither one would be a better choice, but unfortunately that means you don't get a lot of content on the web. So for now it is life.

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RE: If I had to choose...
by vivainio on Sun 31st Oct 2010 06:07 in reply to "If I had to choose..."
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

I hate watching videos in flash on my MacBook as it uses so much CPU that the fans kick on and it sounds like my MacBook is going to fly off my desk.


Anecdotal evidence (i.e. I heard it on "Linux Action Show" podcast) suggests that the Flash 10 betas for Linux use hardly any CPU when watching video. Same will probably apply for macs.

Edited 2010-10-31 06:08 UTC

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RE[2]: If I had to choose...
by Neolander on Sun 31st Oct 2010 09:02 in reply to "RE: If I had to choose..."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

If I remember well, on my Athlon 3000+/1GB RAM/7800GT config, it was a bit heavy for video playback but still acceptable (~20-30% CPU on Ubuntu 9.04 vs 60+% on older releases).

On Mac, I heard that there were some major improvements for some Mac hardware using the "Gala" beta, too.

Edited 2010-10-31 09:06 UTC

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