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24 November 2010, 16:26

Hardware acceleration for Moonlight

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Moonlight, the free Mono-based Silverlight clone for Linux, can now use the graphics card hardware to render 3D effects and play back videos. In his announcement of the feature, the chief developer for Mono products, Miguel de Icaza, also points out that Moonlight apparently accelerates all pixel shaders, while Microsoft's Silverlight only accelerates some of them. The software can reportedly accelerate the rendering of surfaces by pre-caching graphics card contents.

Users interested in trying out the driver can find the code on the GitHub project hosting platform. The driver's developer, David Reveman, explains the possibilities of the hardware acceleration feature in two YouTube videos. The acceleration allows 29 to 35 frames per second to be rendered both in Linux and Windows, compared with 2 to 9 frames without the driver. When the feature will be integrated into Moonlight is yet unclear.

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