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02 December 2008, 16:54

Silverlight for Linux : Moonlight 1.0 almost complete

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The beta version of Moonlight 1.0 is now available to download as a Firefox plug-in. The application, is the Linux version of Microsoft's rival to Flash, Silverlight. It makes it possible to play files such as WMV files under Linux. Novell has been granted access to Microsoft specifications and to multimedia codecs and test tools for the project. It was originally announced at the second anniversary of its interoperability agreement with Microsoft.

Moonlight 1.0 still lags some way behind the Windows Flash competitor. Whilst version 2.0 of Microsoft's Silverlight including the .NET framework has been available since mid October, Moonlight 1.0, which was scheduled for release last summer, is only able to deal with Silverlight 1.x content. The development team has tested the tool with Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop, OpenSuse 11.0, Ubuntu 8.04 and Fedora Core 9. Moonlight 1.0 is licensed under the LGPL. The route to Moonlight 2.0 is set out in a project roadmap.


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