Last week Silverlight 1.1 Alpha was released and a key feature is that it allows you to use .NET code to interact with XAML. I immediately noticed that there was still a download for both Windows and MacOS. This of course made me wonder. Is it really allowing you to run .NET code on Mac OS? The answer is in fact, yes.
To quote Scott Guthrie on his post:
Silverlight 1.1 includes a cross platform version of the .NET Framework, and enables a rich .NET development experience within a browser. The total download size of the Silverlight 1.1 package (including all of the 1.0 features + CLR + a WPF and .NET FX library API subset + dynamic language support) is ~4MB - and it takes less than 20 seconds to install on a machine.
So there you have it. This is the beginning. I always thought it was a matter of time before we started seeing .NET stuff on other platforms. This is very interesting. It's not the complete framework, but it shows you it is possible and more than likely there will be more. Any thoughts on this? Anyone think they will bring Silverlight to Linux as well?
Scott Guthrie's Post on Silverlight
Read the complete post at http://www.dotnettipoftheday.com/blog.aspx?id=355