Linux Users get Moonlight 1.0 and World of Goo
Article by George Norman
On 16 Feb 2009
The Linux version of the Microsoft developed Silverlight browser plug-in which can be used to enable audio-video playback, animation and vector graphics, has reached a new point in its development phase, mainly the exit from Beta and the release of Moonlight 1.0. If browsing the web and watching videos and animation with Moonlight 1.0 is not enough for you, there are more good news: World of Goo has been ported to the Linux operating system.

Mono project founder and Developer Platform vice president at Novell, Miguel de Icaza comments: “Moonlight brings the benefits of Silverlight's popular multimedia content to Linux viewers. This first release delivers on the goal of breaking down barriers to multimedia content and creating parity in the user's viewing experience regardless of whether the user is on Windows or Linux.”


Moonlight 1.0 is available for the best known and most widespread Linux distributions: openSUSE, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Red Hat, Fedora, Ubuntu (Unix with the X11 windowing system).

World of Goo is a physics based construction game launched by 2D Boy late last year that since then has proven to be very popular – it’s piracy rates went through the roof and at the 2008 Video Games Awards (VGA) it received the Best Independent Game Award. Kyle Gabler and Ron Carmel, the two ex-EA Arts developers behind 2D Boy and World of Goo, have come out to announce the fact that the game is available for Linux users as well.

Kyle Gabler comments: “We knew from the beginning that we wanted to make our game available to everyone, regardless of platform. We've also always had a secret desire to see the open ideas behind Linux take over. We met the guy who did our Linux port because he was a fan who created an open wiki for translating our game into a bunch of other languages. We were surprised - the language contributions from our community were of much higher quality than the translations we received from a paid translation service. They were so good, and fast, in fact, that we decided to use the community's translations for our European Wii release. They even helped us beta test each of the language.”

If you would like to get Moonlight 1.0, a download location is available here.
If you would like to get World of Goo, a download location is available here.

Tags: Linux, Moonlight, World of Goo
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