The Mono Project, an open-source initiative sponsored by Novell, announced the preview availability of Moonlight 4, an open source Linux implementation of Silverlight. This release gives Firefox* and Google Chrome* users on Linux access to the latest Silverlight content and enables developers to take advantage of the newest features of Silverlight on all platforms.
Developers can also leverage the Silverlight 3 APIs and numerous Silverlight 4 APIs, including support for the H.264 video codec, hardware acceleration of graphics rendering using the GPU, 3-D transformation and pixel shaders. It also extends web browser support to Google Chrome and contains numerous performance and memory management improvements.
In addition, users can run Silverlight applications as desktop applications on Linux in both "sand-boxed" and full-trust modes using Moonlight's unique mopen.