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Novell to Support Silverlight 1.0 on Linux

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Microsoft Corp. has released Silverlight™ 1.0, a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering richer user experiences on the Web. In addition, Microsoft will work with Novell Inc. to deliver Silverlight support for Linux, called Moonlight, and based on the project started on

Silverlight significantly reduces development and deployment costs and provides enhanced Web audio and video streaming and playback using industry-leading Windows Media® Technologies. Microsoft unveiled new Silverlight customer experiences on "Entertainment Tonight," HSN and World Wrestling Entertainment, and also launched the Silverlight Partner Initiative, a program designed to foster collaboration among solution providers, content delivery networks, tools vendors and design agencies.

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Novell®, a Microsoft® Company. » Allow me to puke.

Over the last few months we've been working to enable Silverlight support on Linux, and today we are announcing a formal partnership with Novell to provide a great Silverlight implementation for Linux. Microsoft will be delivering Silverlight Media Codecs for Linux, and Novell will be building a 100% compatible Silverlight.

This is a first class catastrophe.


The Novell deal will result in a Linux version of Silverlight called Moonlight. Microsoft is also producing a version of Silverlight for Mac OS X.

The expanded platform support could help Microsoft in its plans to compete with Adobe's Flash, which is installed on nearly all PCs. To distribute Silverlight widely, Microsoft is relying on customers who have built media applications with it.

On Wednesday, the Home Shopping Network, World Wide Wrestling Entertainment, Entertainment Tonight, and will launch video features that use Silverlight, said Brian Goldfarb, a group product manager at Microsoft. Major League Baseball is already live with its online video broadcasts using Silverlight.

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Moonlight to pump up MS’s OpenXML standard

Here’s my take: Moonlight is a step in the right direction to pump up Linux on the desktop but the announcement with Novell is also a well timed manuever on Microsoft’s part designed to cull favor in the open source world, and part of a sweeping effort to gain approval for Open XML in the final ISO vote next March.

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