Obama Inauguration shines on Linux too with Moonlight

Ars learned on Monday that incoming president Barack Obama's Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) selected Microsoft's Silverlight framework for the official Internet video stream of the inauguration ceremony. This choice has generated some controversy among Linux enthusiasts, because it requires Silverlight 2.0, which is not yet supported on the open source operating system.

Several developers on Novell's Mono team leaped into action and worked late into the night so that Linux users will be able to watch the stream with Moonlight, an open source implementation of Silverlight 1.0. Their efforts, which were undertaken in collaboration with Microsoft, have ensured that the PIC stream will be accessible to Linux users who download the Moonlight browser plugin from the project's web site, as well as to PPC Mac users who rely on Microsoft's Silverlight 1.0 plugin.

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