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Open source Silverlight clone rev’d

By Scott Clark
on December 17, 2009

The Novell-backed Moonlight project released the final Moonlight 2, an open source Linux/Unix clone of Microsoft’s Silverlight framework that offers improved media streaming. Novell and Microsoft also announced that they will continue their Moonlight collaboration and extend Microsoft’s patent covenant to Moonlight distributors other than Novell.

As…reported when the Moonlight project released its beta version of Moonlight 2 in August, Moonlight is an offshoot of the Novell-sponsored Mono project, which created the Microsoft .NET clone, Mono. The Moonlight project introduced the first beta version of its clone of the Silverlight multimedia framework a year ago, following up with a final release of the open source browser plug-in February.

Moonlight 2 offers improved streaming of multimedia content based on the quality of the user’s connections, says the project. Version 2 is also said to embed Mono runtime functionality into Moonlight, “enabling developers to target Linux with rich Internet applications using a wide variety of programming languages, including C#, Ruby, Python and Javascript.” Moonlight 2 supports Silverlight 2 features that enable users to provide their own code to fetch media from a server and provide their own stream de-multiplexors, enabling developers to exploit content distribution networks, multiple-quality video and audio streams, and BitTorrent on demand.

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