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Analysis: How Moonlight 2.0 Fits into Novell's Linux and Open Source Plans

Aug 24, 2009, 13:48 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd Weiss)

"To Novell and its Mono Project, Moonlight 2.0 is of huge importance to Linux and open source users. As the open source version of Microsoft Corp.'s expanding Silverlight .Net development platform, Moonlight 2.0 will allow Linux desktop users to get the same capabilities as Microsoft Windows desktop users to view and experience rich Web applications created with Silverlight, which is becoming more popular with Web developers.

"But to critics of Novell's moves to align with Microsoft to offer Moonlight as a way to make Silverlight-enabled content work for Linux users, the bad karma continues. Instead of this being a good thing for Novell and Linux users, critics argue, the Moonlight project helps Microsoft maintain a leadership role in a development platform that only gives lip service to the open source community, they say."

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