by Miguel de Icaza

Although making changes to Moonlight might be a very fun thing to do, for the longest time I have had this entry in my TODO list: "Blog about writing a video editor in Moonlight".

As much as I love Gtk+ and the Gnome desktop, our contributions for our desktop applications and for Gtk+ come mostly from from folks developing on Linux for Linux (with a handful of exceptions). And we are a small fraction of desktop developers.

In my mind what is interesting to me about building applications with Silverlight is that we can create an ecosystem of free software applications that run on all three major platforms: Windows, Linux and MacOS.

A few years ago, as part of the Google Summer of Code for Mono we created a project that could have had a great future, the Diva project (by MDK). Sadly, Michael moved on to other things, but in the back of my mind, I always wanted to have a nice video editing application for Linux.

I like to think that with Silverlight we have a new opportunity: we can create a community of open source developers that goes beyond the Linux-desktop community, but will pull developers interested about such a project from the Windows and MacOS worlds. I know that various members of the Moonlight team are passionate about Moonlight because it is this next generation API for building GUI applications.

Which applications do you think are needed nad could be built with Moonlight?

I say video editing, and I have some ideas of how it should work.

Posted on 12 Nov 2009