Microsoft and Novell have launched the beta version of Moonlight, which puts Microsoft's Silverlight rich Internet application technology on Linux.  The companies have also released Advanced Management Pack for SuSE Linux Enterprise for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2.

It's two years since the companies agreed to co-operate by having Microsoft offer SuSE Linux support certificates from Novell and agree not to sue each other's customers over intellectual property issues. Some observers have protested that the agreement legitimised Microsoft's claims that Linux had violated its patents.

Moonlight is an open-source implementation of Silverlight, offering Linux users high-definition media capabilities, according to a Microsoft representative. The project is being shepherded by Novell.

Moonlight will be provided as an open-source plug-in for the Firefox Web browser, Microsoft and Novell said. The first source code for the project was released in May. The beta release will be available free of charge.
Advanced Management Pack for SuSE Linux Enterprise for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 is due the first half of 2009.

Microsoft and Novell have collaborated on systems management to ease customers' management tasks associated with mixed IT environments, Microsoft and Novell said. Advanced Management Pack for SuSE Linux Enterprise extends cross-platform Linux monitoring capability of Microsoft System Center Operations Manager. It enables management of Windows and Linux servers from a single console.

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