A reader from Italy alerted us last night that the “Italian television just got everything running on Silverlight.” This is a no-go area to GNU/Linux, which Italy purports to be embracing, so who is responsible for this tasteless choice of streaming technology that hardly gains traction or acceptance anyway? Is this merely incompetence or is it shenanigans?
Another story that was apparently pulled from Tectonic (South Africa-based publication) claimed inability to access a crucial public site, stating that: “Microsoft’s own Silverlight site prompts Linux users to download and install the open source alternative, Moonlight, on their computer as an alternative to Silverlight. Moonlight, however, is only compatible with Silverlight 1.0 and the SpeedServices website requires Silverlight 2.0.”
How typical. And because of Novell, Microsoft refuses to support GNU/Linux with a port of Silverlight. It explicitly said so to the press last year. Novell helps Microsoft make GNU/Linux a dysfunctional follower [1, 2]. █
- Microsoft and Obama Join Hands and Attack Web Standards, Exclude GNU/Linux Users
- Ryanair is Closing the Web with Microsoft Silverlight
- Stand Up Against Silverlight, Microsoft’s Anti-competitive Weapon
- GNU/Linux Users Locked Out of Olympics, Need Silverlight 2.0
- Microsoft and Its Media Partner Lock #1 Competitor Out of the Olympics
- Silverlight and Mono = DRM and Software Patents
- Watch Out. Moonlight/Silverlight Knock on Your Door. All Your Media Mustn’t Belongs to Microsoft.
- Microsoft’s Latest: Want Olympics on Linux? Get Mono (and Pay ‘Patent Tax’)