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Silverlight to run on Linux as early as this week

According to a number of news sources, Novell is going to demonstrate Silverlight version 1.1 running on Linux this week at Microsoft's Mix07 event in Paris.

According to a number of news sources, Novell is going to demonstrate Silverlight version 1.1 running on Linux this week at Microsoft's Mix07 event in Paris. The event takes place on the 21st and the technology will be demoed by Miguel de Icaza, the vice president of development for Novell and the head of the Mono project, which is porting Silverlight to Linux.

According to the news reports the Mono team implemented the Silverlight code to Linux in 21 days and the demo that de Icaza is giving has most of the graphics capabilities, animations and video. The team consists of 7 volunteers and de Icaza described them as "working around the clock". This is a pretty impressive achievement and is a good sign for Silverlight, especially if the video has been implemented. If it all works and the applications don't need to be altered to run on Linux, this would make Silverlight as cross platform as Flash. The original discussion about the demo included the tidbit that Silverlight would run on the desktop and not as a browser plugin but these news reports seem to indicate it will be a demo inside the browser.