[arch-dev-public] Moonlight in Arch Linux

Daniel Isenmann daniel.isenmann at gmx.de
Tue Dec 22 12:48:17 EST 2009

On Tue, 22 Dec 2009 18:28:01 +0100
Pierre Schmitz <pierre at archlinux.de> wrote:

> On Tue, 22 Dec 2009 11:12:30 -0600, Aaron Griffin
> <aaronmgriffin at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >>> However, isn't there some legal issues with Moonlight? I saw
> >>> recently that Microsoft "pledged" not to sue Moonlight users....
> >>
> >> There are no issues as software patents do not exist for us. :P
> > 
> > http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/ForbiddenItems#Moonlight
> Moonlight is licensed under the GPL. Who cares what patent problems it
> might have in the US?
> Of course this plugin is quite useless anyway (only works with
> firefox and those few sites using silverlight only seem to support
> the microsoft implementation). But I am fine with it if Daniel wants
> to maintain it.

Pierre is right on this point. It's distributed under GNU LGPL and the
MIT X11 licenses. It's compiled against ffmpeg to support more codecs.

But it's wrong what you said, Pierre. If you go to the showcase website
of Microsoft for Silverlight, nearly all demos are working with

Otherwise to avoid some legal issues (which I don't believe that
there are one) we can say to our users that they can install it through
this website: http://go-mono.com/moonlight/download.aspx 

Otherwise if someone want to develop silverlight/moonlight application
under Arch Linux he can't because of the missing SDK which comes with
the package I would build from source.

About the "Covenant..." thing, I don't really understand it, it's too
much "high" english for me.

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