Linux users get Silverlight too

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moonlightIt’s true: Microsoft really has given up on world domination and accepted people will continue to use operating systems other than Windows. In a classic case of “can’t beat ’em, so join ’em”, Silverlight supports both Windows and OS X. Now though, Linux users can get in on the act too, with today’s release of Moonlight 1.0. And it comes fully endorsed (and indirectly funded) by Microsoft too.

Sadly Moonlight 1.0 is only Silverlight 1.0 compatible, so it only works with JavaScript, rather than “real”, CLR-based, programming languages, but Moonlight 2.0 is planned for the future and will be fully Silverlight 2.0 compatible (just in time for the release of Silverlight 3 no doubt! 😉 )