Moonshine is a new project which allows Linux users to playblack Windows Media content on the desktop and in the browser. Moonshine version 0.2, has now been released. Moonshine uses the codecs from within the Moonlight browser plugin, the Linux equivalent to Silverlight, Microsoft's challenger to Flash. It then, either as a plug-in or desktop player, uses those codecs to playback Windows Media content.
Moonlight only normally uses these codecs to play media within Silverlight applications. Moonshine can be installed as a Firefox plug in from the project's web site. The desktop player component, for playing back downloaded Windows Media content outside the browser, currently has to be built from source, which is available as a tar ball on the web site.
Moonshine works with Firefox 3.0 or newer, but requires that the Moonlight plug-in is installed first. Moonshine is available for 32 bit and 64 bit Linux systems and is licensed under an MIT/X11 licence.