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Moonlight 2 arrives and falls flat on its face

The other day, Novell’s Mono Project, announced the beta release of Moonlight 2. IN theory, this enables Linux users to watch Microsoft Silverlight encoded content. Of course, that begs the question: “What Silverlight content?”

Moonlight 2 beta sounds great. Novell states that it’s the equivalent of Microsoft Silverlight 2 and that it “gives users a platform to view and use Silverlight and Windows Media content on Linux.”

Specifically, Novell claims that “The Moonlight 2 beta offers Linux users improved functionality compared to Moonlight 1, including support for adaptive streaming of video and audio playback. This feature allows for better streaming of multimedia content based on the quality of the user’s connections.”

Better? I don’t think so. It failed for me much more often than not..

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