Moonlight is dead but docs say to install it

Bug #1563511 reported by Jonathan Byrne
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu)
Fix Released
Gunnar Hjalmarsson

Bug Description

This page:

recommends installing the Moonlight plug-in to view Silverlight content.

The Moonlight web site states that Moonlight is no longer actively developed and recommends moving away from it as soon as possible, but mentions you might be able to make it work by compiling from source:

The help docs should probably no longer recommend installing Moonlight.

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Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

Thanks for your input, Jonathan. Probably we should stop mentioning Moonlight, but it's too late to change it in the 16.04 docs.

Changed in ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged
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Jonathan Byrne (jonathan-yamame) wrote :

You're most welcome.

I'm working through the Pipelight instructions for Silverlight. I have it installed but not yet working in either Chromium or Firefox. As the Pipelight instructions note, Silverlight is touchy. I probably wouldn't care, except my city government has made the unfortunate choice to use it, putting me at a distinct disadvantage in trying to access government information. I made a polite comment to my councilman's office about why the government should use open standards.

Pipelight/Silverlight takes some work, but instructions on how to make it work is maybe the way Ubuntu should go in the future. It's not as good as having a Free implementation of Silverlight, but since we no longer have one, it's better than nothing.

Thanks again!

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Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

See also bug #1568984 about Flash.

Changed in ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj)
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package ubuntu-docs - 16.10.2

ubuntu-docs (16.10.2) yakkety; urgency=medium

    - Reinsert the "Compose key" section (LP: #1596152).
    - Deleted; obsolete (LP: #1563511).
    - Open source section removed; obsolete (LP: #1615404).
    - Suggest adobe-flashplugin, mention HTML5 (LP: #1568984).
    - Item about signing key added (LP: #1612631).
    - Adobe Reader no longer in Canonical Partner (LP: #1613033).
    - Mention that presence of btrfs partitions may make hibernation
      fail (LP: #1619846).
    - Replace the incorrect "block" option to the ufw command with
      "deny" (LP: #1622885).
  * apt-get -> apt
  * ubuntu-mascot-creature.png: Official yakkety mascot.
  * Updated ubuntu-help.pot.

 -- Gunnar Hjalmarsson <email address hidden> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:53:00 +0200

Changed in ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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