Just a few days ago I heard about the Preview 1 version of Moonlight 2.0. Moonlight is the Open Source version of Silverlight that is able to run on Linux. My first reaction was I want to see this, and as soon as possible. So I downloaded the latest Ubuntu CD’s and started installing it on a Virtual PC. An article meant for installing an older version of Ubuntu under Virtual PC helped me.
After that it was very easy just go to the Moonlight 2.0 site and install the Firefox plugin as you would install any other Firefox plugin.
First test: Does it run the menu on Silverlight.net? Yes it does.
Second test: Does it run the Silverlight Toolkit samples for Silverlight 2? No it doesn’t.
Third test: Does it run the Hard Rock deep-zoom site? Yes it does.
Though loading the data is very slow. I’m not sure if that’s because of my network, my vm or Moonlight. After a while this is the new screen.
Because the release notes mentions that some features that are part of Silverlight 3 are already supported. Fourth test: Does it run the Silverlight Toolkit samples for Silverlight 3? No it doesn’t. My whole browser crashed. It was just gone…
Alright what did I expect? ?Not much, but it was an interesting test-drive. And for the future I now have a Linux Virtual PC.
Let’s hope for more stable Previews of Moonlight. Ps. This article is cross posted on: Mark Monster’s blog and Silverlight Help.