Feeds

Second open-source Silverlight hits beta

November completion expected

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

The second edition of the open-source edition of Microsoft's Silverlight media player has been released to beta testing.

Moonlight, which puts the Silverlight player on Unix and Linux, updates the initial open-source player with fixes tackling security and performance.

Project leader Miguel de Icaza is reported to have said he expects Moonlight 2.0 to be finished and ready for availability in time for Microsoft's Professional Developers' Conference (PDC), in November.

The open-source implementation comes after Microsoft has already released Silverlight 3.0.

Speaking to The Reg earlier, de Icaza noted Moonlight would not include all the Silverlight 3.0 features, specifically those in workflow, and Moonlight seems more focused on media. He noted, though, this is the version of Moonlight he'd wanted to build since Microsoft released Silverlight 2.0 in late 2008.

Moonlight 2.0 implements APIs from Silverlight 3.0 that allow media content to run outside the browser, save content written in Silverlight, provide expanded support for Silverlight's DeepZoom, and allow you to write codecs in managed code. Moonlight 2.0 also adjusts to the quality of a users' connection to reduce breakages and delays.

The open-source player implements the Mono Project's runtime, for programming in Java, C#, Ruby, Python, IronRuby and IronPython. You can also use Silverlight and Moonlight with Mono project's OGG, Vorbis and Dirac codecs. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE
Tim Berners-Lee isn't happy, but we should be
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store
DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! Naughty, misleading developers!
'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder
And now a message from our sponsors: 'STFU or else'
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy
Casual labour and tired ideas = not really web-tastic
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
prev story

Whitepapers

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup
Learn why inSync received the highest overall rating from Druva and is the top choice for the mobile workforce.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.