Hot off the heels of the release of Silverlight 4 beta at the Professional Developers Conference last month, Microsoft is pleased to share that today the Mono Project, an open-source initiative sponsored by Novell, announced the availability of Moonlight 2. Moonlight is an open source Linux implementation of Silverlight that enables Linux developers to design cross-platform rich Internet applications and media experiences for on and off the Web. This release, compatible with Silverlight 2, also incorporates some of the features in Silverlight 3 such as support for Bitmap APIs and custom Codecs.

 

Further showcasing its commitment to the Linux community, Microsoft and Novell also announced the expansion of their agreement to support both Silverlight 3 and 4 specifications. Additionally, with this release and moving forward with the new specifications, users will be able to obtain Moonlight from third parties distributors. The next implementation of Moonlight is expected in the first half of 2010.

 

To find out more about this release, see today’s post on Mono Project founder Miguel de Icaza’s blog: http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2009/Dec-17.html. Developers can download and get started using Moonlight 2 now at http://go-mono.com/moonlight.