Moonlight 1.0 Beta w/ Microsoft Media Pack
Phoronix: Moonlight 1.0 Beta w/ Microsoft Media Pack
Miguel de Icaza has today announced the release of Moonlight 1.0 Beta 1. This test release brings in Microsoft Media Pack for playing back video and audio files that is a direct decedent of the decoders found in Silverlight 2.0. For those unfamiliar with Moonlight, it's a Mono-powered open-source implementation of Microsoft's Silverlight, which in turn is a web-browser plug-in that competes with Adobe Flash...
Not supported by M$, not a joint Novell/M$ project
Yeah... Microsoft has not promised nor is it giving any official support to this project. It is simply the Gnome/Mono folks - primarily head Gnome dude Miguel de Icaza - writing a Linux app to the public specification. Yes, M$ did ask Miguel if he would like to write the app, which he and his team did in relatively short time (according to his blog).
So I don't think we should be ragging on Moonlight for reasons that don't exist. Microsoft is not holding the project back to forcibly make it a second class citizen as some here seem to be saying.
Rather we have real and good reasons to turn our noses at this steaming pile:
1. Microsoft claims to be friendly and supportive of non-MS operating systems, like GNU/Linux. Yet they do not have an official, written in-house Silverlight app for GNU/Linux. That shows they are liars. So do not support their crApp on any platform.
2. Miguel is misguided in his efforts to support Microsoft. In fact that is the problem - he and the Gnome team essentially are supporting Microsoft, instead of supporting GNU/Linux. It is like an abuse victim enabling the abuser. Mono is an effort to support M$'s monopolizing coding platform. This only enables the Monopoli$t to embrace and extend their monopoly. Ditto for moonlight. Ditto for the Gnome DE - a workalike/lookalike clone of M$'s XP DE. (As an aside - ask yourself why Gnome's Nautilas behaves just like XP's Windows Explorer to the point of cloning the model of making a file manager the DE's shell. If either app dies then you lose your whole DE session. Except that Windows recovers from a failure much better than Nautilas. How ridiculous.)
As you might guess I am not a fan of Gnome nor of anything that comes out of the Ximian group. A poor copy of a poor design executed poorly.
Gnome - Just say gNo.