Monday, June 4, 2012

Linux Silverlight Plugin Moonlight Abandoned

If you don't know what Moonlight is, let me give you a little bit of story. It is the third party open source implementation of Microsoft’s Silverlight plugin. Microsoft was not releasing Silverlight for Linux, so Novell and the open source community created a spin of Silverlight so there can be a Linux plugin.

Well there is some said news. It is being abandoned. The reason -- lack of demand. 

Already stated above, the project, created in 2009, provided Linux users with a means to accessing websites and web content created using Silverlight.

Once touted as a rival for Adobe’s Flash, Silverlight is in danger of being canned itself. Wikipedia reports that, as of August 2011, less than 0.3% of websites make use of the technology, compared to Adobe’s Flash 23%. With such poor adoption for the official version it makes the demise of Moonlight less surprising.

Putting time, money, and time into a dying project with very little demand makes no sense.

The CTO of Mono development company Xamarin, Miguel de Icaza, explained the reasoning further in an interview with -

“We have abandoned Moonlight.
Silverlight has not gained much adoption on the web, so it did not become the must-have technology that I thought would have to become. And Microsoft added artificial restrictions to Silverlight that made it useless for desktop programming.“
With barely anyone using Silverlight, it is very likely that Moonlight will not be missed. 

Feel free to post your opinion below.

Source: OMG! Ubuntu!

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