Silverlight shipped and supports Linux.

I could rant about why this is important and add my own commentary around why it's probably one of the boldest moves Microsoft has made, but you'll no doubt be reading a lot of this from others on the interweb.

I will say, that RIA is a concept best built with partners and an eco-system surrounding it. If there are developers world-wide attached to the Silverlight Runtime chances are there will be an entire partner ecosystem to support it. The Novell/Moonlight deal is one of many examples where it's about what we do with the technology, but what others do with it as well.

The Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR) is but an example of this, and this is why I believe Silverlights best days are still ahead of it. 

The penguin graphic was from Kurt Brockett, and he's done a great blog post on highlighting the "E" from the old brand "WPF/E".

It’s great to see Microsoft supporting the Linux platform as having true cross-platform support does include all 3: Windows, OSX and Linux.  Nice to see them embrace the work of the team over at

Next step, distribution 🙂

Comments (4)
  1. I agree with you here that having strong partners is key to having Silverlight move forward.  Outside companies are a little hesitant to drink the kool-aid directly from Microsoft but with the right partners a technology can really make an impact.  We’re happy over at IdentityMine to tell the XAML story from WPF -> Silverlight -> Surface to anyone who wants to listen.  Congrats again to everyone at MSFT on shipping 1.0.

  2. nparker says:

    First out of the blocks again 😉

  3. Garry Trinder says:


    I lurve IdentityMine’s gear.. I want that ComicBookReader Kurt and I will hound you guys at MIX08! heheh (thats if i attend – hope so).


    Do try and keep old boy, instead of snowboarding down untouched New Zealand rock faces, you should be on the blog pump ready to pounce! hehehe

    I’m on holidays to!

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