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The Moonlight project, which was aiming to develop a version of Microsoft's Silverlight software that runs on GNU/Linux, has been abandoned.

GNOME desktop project co-founder Miguel de Icaza, the man behind Moonlight, told the website Infoq recently that Silverlight had not gained much adoption on the web and had not become the must-have technology that he had thought it would.

Hence, he said, he had given up on the technology.

Silverlight was Microsoft's attempt to develop a Flash killer. Ultimately, it seems to have died an untimely death itself.

De Icaza is continuing to work on the Mono project that he started, to port parts of Microsoft's .NET technology to GNU/Linux.

This, de Icaza is convinced, will make people move whatever they are developing on Windows over to GNU/Linux. Thus far, there is no evidence to show that his theory is right.

De Icaza is now on his own, after Novell was taken private last year following its sale to Attachmate Corporation. Mono was one of the projects thrown out by Attachmate, who apparently saw no commercial value in it.

Mono is developed under the auspices of a new company called Xamarin which de Icaza set up after the Novell sale.

De Icaza is now focusing on developing Mono for mobile platforms, both iOS and Android. So far, there does not seem to be a great deal of excitement over what he has developed.


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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.