by Miguel de Icaza

Now that Moonlight 1.0 is out, I should talk a little bit about Aaron Bockover's amazing Moonshine plugin.

Moonshine's About Box while playing

Moonshine is a tiny plugin that registers itself with Firefox to render Windows Media streams and emulates the Windows Media Javascript API by redirecting it to Moonlight.

So when you visit a page that in the past used to embed the Windows Media Player (for example at or at C-SPAN), instead you get a Moonlight-based rendering engine and uses Microsoft's Media Pack for doing the video and audio playback.

It is trivial to install it, just go to this page and click on the moonshine that is right for your platform.

Internally we referred to this project as "Pornilus" a homage to the Roman senator and patron of the arts from the 3rd century. And like Pornilus, we want to bring the arts to the people.

Cute fact: Pornilus/Moonshine will pick-up your Gnome theme and theme itself accordingly.

Oddly enough, there is no Wikipedia page for Pornilus yet. Someone needs to correct this.

Posted on 12 Feb 2009