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Silverlight alternative?
« on: June 21, 2015, 12:46:57 pm »
What is the current Linux alternative for Silverlight? I went to http://www.mono-project.com/docs/web/moonlight/ but they not only said that "Moonlight" was no longer being developed, but they actually recommend people to no longer use it :(.

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Re: Silverlight alternative?
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2015, 02:07:06 pm »
Silverlight itself is deprecated. MS stopped development of it a couple of years ago. "Do not use" is probably good advice.

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Re: Silverlight alternative?
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2015, 02:41:47 pm »
So what is the Linux alternative for it?

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Re: Silverlight alternative?
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2015, 03:07:16 pm »
It's called HTML5
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Re: Silverlight alternative?
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2015, 10:22:34 pm »
Where do I get a copy of it?

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Re: Silverlight alternative?
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2015, 05:16:03 am »
HTML5 is built in to your browser. It is meant as a replacement for silverlight, flash, and other proprietary plugins. The web sites that serve up content using those old methods need to switch to using html5, like youtube is doing.

With the exception of Netflix in the past, I don't remember ever needing silverlight, even on windows. What site requires it?

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Re: Silverlight alternative?
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2015, 08:06:55 am »
A bit late answer for the topic starter...
HTML5 doesn't work for websites that use Silverlight. 
My kids need Silverlight to access their school agenda, following tutorials etc.
I found this solution http://fds-team.de/cms/articles/2013-08/pipelight-using-silverlight-in-linux-browsers.html
Takes some effort to setup but works fine.
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Re: Silverlight alternative?
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2015, 09:19:48 am »
This would be kool but it involves wine and that may be a problem for our 64 bit users... I wish we could go multilib by default there

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Re: Silverlight alternative?
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2015, 10:03:08 am »
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My kids need Silverlight to access their school agenda, following tutorials etc.

Your School Board needs some schooling.  I guess it has lots of money to waste.

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Re: Silverlight alternative?
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2015, 10:18:34 am »
yes, but it says it requires multilib on 64-bit

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Re: Silverlight alternative?
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2015, 02:13:53 pm »
we should do multilib ASAP in my opinion

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Re: Silverlight alternative?
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2015, 04:05:18 pm »
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My kids need Silverlight to access their school agenda, following tutorials etc.

Your School Board needs some schooling.  I guess it has lots of money to waste.

You're right, but what to do about it as parent... here in the netherlands teachers/managers in primary/secondary school are not the smartest people any way in my opinion (an exception here and there) and influenced by commercial parties.
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Re: Silverlight alternative?
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2015, 10:26:28 am »
It's the same here in Belgium.
You always need Microsoft office or some other proprietary software... >:(

I think it's time they start to adopt opensource alternatives and stop to force students to use certain OS'es or software to complete their homework.
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Re: Silverlight alternative?
« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2015, 10:35:47 am »
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You always need Microsoft office or some other proprietary software... >:(

School Districts here in Nevada are run by elected officials and they get necessary election money from proprietary software sponsors.  Here, at least, Microsoft has the school board (and most every other elected body) locked up, notwithstanding the school board's continual cry that it is broke.  But libreoffice writer, for example, can be set to default to microsoft files, so kids can read and turn in their homework on linux machines.
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