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Monday, April 30th, 2007, 1:26 am

Why Silverlight is Evil

I have not been posting or spurring much activity in my personal blog recently, but this one message is important enough for me to stress here.

Microsoft has recently announced that it would introduce a rival to Flash. It calls it “Silverlight”. I mentioned this a couple of years ago when it was called “Sparkle”. Bear in mind, however, that a lot of truths are being hidden and the intent here is to make the Web incompatible with Free operating systems. The points to remember:

  • Silverlight does not support GNU/Linux.
  • Silverlight is built to make the Web accessible only to proprietary platforms, even if one can view the source.
  • Silverlight can be ‘extended’ at any given time. There is no industry consortium.
  • Microsoft corrupts terminology by using the terms ‘Open Source’ and ‘cross platform’ inadequately. It is not the first time this do this. They used ‘cross platform’ to describe programs that work in Windows Mobile, Windows, and XBox.

Don’t be misled. Use Adobe Flash if you must. Better yet, use Open Web standards and make use of cascading style sheets, maybe even JavaScript.

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