1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Moonlight, Microsoft Patent Covenant Updates

SUSE

Published on 17 December 2009 11:48 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in SUSE
22 Comments

Just two days after Mono 2.6 was rolled out, which has been widely discussed within our forums, Miguel de Icaza has a few more Microsoft / Mono related announcements. Miguel this morning has announced that Moonlight 2.0 is complete, there is a new collaboration agreement between Microsoft and Novell to bring the Silverlight 3.0 and 4.0 feature sets to Moonlight, and Microsoft has updated its patent covenant that concerns Moonlight's distribution abilities.

Moonlight 2.0 has been in beta for a few months and it implements most of Microsoft's Silverlight 2.0 functionality along with some early 3.0 features with regards to the pluggable pipeline, easing animation functions, partial out-of-browser support, writable bitmaps, and new data-binding features. Moonlight 2.0 is built upon Mono 2.6 and also has its Gtk+ and Cairo dependencies.

Going forward, Microsoft and Novell are working quickly to support more of the Silvelight 3.0 functionality and to ensure that it works with some of the most prominent Silverlight applications, for which Sunday Night Football, the Winter Olympics, and Bing's Photosynth are named. Microsoft will also continue to work closely with Novell on Silverlight 4.0 support within Moonlight.

Microsoft has updated their Silverlight patent covenant agreement for Moonlight to now allow for third-party distribution of this package, which could allow for this plug-in to be installed through your distribution's package repository rather than needing to obtain Moonlight through Novell. Any third-party can now redistribute Moonlight without fear of backlash by Microsoft, but the third-party version will not offer the limited multimedia codec support found in Novell's version. Vorbis, Ogg, and Theora are the free software formats that can be found in the third-party version while all of the more popular, patent-laced formats will not be available by default.

Details with Miguel's comments can be found on his blog.

Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Mini-Box M350: A Simple, Affordable Mini-ITX Case
  2. Overclocking The AMD AM1 Athlon & Sempron APUs
  3. AMD Athlon 5350 / 5150 & Sempron 3850 / 2650
  4. Upgraded Kernel & Mesa Yield A Big Boost For Athlon R3 Graphics
Latest Linux Articles
  1. AMD OpenCL Performance With AM1 Kabini APUs
  2. A Quick Look At GCC 4.9 vs. LLVM Clang 3.5
  3. Are AMD Athlon/Sempron APUs Fast Enough For Steam On Linux?
  4. AMD Athlon's R3 Graphics: RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst
Latest Linux News
  1. R600 Gallium3D Disables LLVM Back-End By Default
  2. Fedora 21 Gets GNOME 3.12, PHP 5.6, Mono 3.4
  3. Fedora Workstation Is Making Me Quite Excited
  4. Maynard: A Lightweight Wayland Desktop
  5. Chromium Browser Going Through Growing Pains In Ubuntu 14.04
  6. KDE 4.13 Is Being Released Today With New Features
  7. Trying Out Radeon R9 290 Graphics On Open-Source
  8. Intel Broadwell GT3 Graphics Have Dual BSD Rings
  9. Early Linux 3.15 Benchmarks Of Intel Core i7 + Radeon
  10. Red Hat Releases Its RHEL 7 Release Candidate
  11. New Features Coming To Xubuntu 14.04 LTS
  12. NVIDIA Officially Releases CUDA 6
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Change installation destination from home directory
  2. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  3. The GNOME Foundation Is Running Short On Money
  4. Linux Kernel Developers Fed Up With Ridiculous Bugs In Systemd
  5. After Jack Keane, RuseSoft will briing Ankh 3 to Linux through Desura
  6. Bye bye BSD, Hello Linux: A Sys Admin's Story
  7. New tool for undervolt/overclock AMD K8L and K10 processors
  8. How to enable opengl 3.3 on r9 270?