Update: the “won” in the title is just me playing with the Linus quote at the beginning of the article. This post is meant as just informational, as stated in “I am not going to comment on good and bad implications in it” below.
If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I’ve won.
Has Linus finally won, is Microsoft distributing software for Linux ? That’s what is claimed by Miguel de Icaza in a blog post:
Today Microsoft offers the media codecs for Linux on x86 and Linux x86-64 platforms. We are looking for your feedback to find out for which other platforms we should ship binary codecs.
– Miguel de Icaza – Moonlight’s Media Stack
While I am not going to comment on good and bad implications in it, I’ll just point out the following things:
- The claim talks about binaries. That is: no source code.
- They ask which other architecture ship the binary for, thus are available to make Microsoft software available on non Intel architectures.
- Some possibly scaring things emerge from a quick net lookup (btw: article wrote in 2003 ?!?)
What do you all think about this ?
I haven’t be able to find a download page for the player codecs. Any help ?
Found the codecs:
- i386: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=133186
- x86_64: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=133816
See the LICENSE file contained in last MoonLight’s revision for licensing info.