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02 May

Or maybe 2007 is not the year of Linux on the Desktop after all


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I am still trying to figure it out: Is Silverlight another big waste of money from Microsoft, or the next big bump on the road for Linux on the desktop?

Silverlight is Microsoft’s new cross-browser, ‘cross-platform’ plug-in for delivering multimedia and rich interactive applications (RIA) on the Web.

Doubtless, Silverlight will have advantages over its competitors (Adobe’s Flash). Just like it did with Java, Microsoft took a good technology, poured lots of resources into R&D, and refined it.

But what is Silverlight’s silver bullet?

Microsoft’s idea of cross-platform excludes Linux. At the same time Dell announces that it is beginning to sell Linux desktops and notebooks, Microsoft is trying to use its desktop monopoly to obstacle Linux growth.

We want to use Linux!

As a former IT manager, I was pissed by the tactics Microsoft used to impose its products. Now, as a director of a development company, I will not sell myself out for their cheap candy. I do not want my PC’s (nor my client’s) to be forced into Windows because of a few cool sugar features.

Microsoft is aggressively marketing its new product. It already bought positive reviews, and is sure to have quality content production deals using Silverlight in very short time.

But the competition is not stupid. We all have learned the lessons and how to deal with this kind of moves from Microsoft.

Adobe missed version 8 of the Flash player for Linux. I am sure they felt some impact. They released version 9 just in time.

Soon, new standards will have to be set for the Web2.0 to function on more efficient protocols than it does today, with less hacks. Who will vote for Microsoft’s proposals?

Even if Microsoft realizes the mistake and announces future support for Linux, its intentions are already clear, and stakeholders will not cede one inch.

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