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This is WFTL Bytes!, your occasiodaily FOSS news show featuring the latest Linux and FOSS news with your host, Marcel Gagné. It's my take in one take. WFTL Bytes! is a fast, fun, occasionally a bit goofy, but always informative look at technology news and events as seen from a free and open source software perspective. This includes Linux and everything that that orbits it. Watch! Enjoy! Comment on the stories. I want to know what you think and what you've got to say, either about the show in general, the topics covered, of the stories themselves. Tell your friends, relatives, co-workers . . . tell everybody!

WFTL Bytes! for July 29, 2009

This is WFTL Bytes!, your occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Wednesday, July 29, 2009, with your host, Marcel Gagné. This is episode 55. On today's newscast . . . an unholy alliance (or a really good one, depending on who you ask), Yahoo turns B-movie monster, Alfresco cosies up to Ubuntu, TUX is in your pocket, and "What are you? Color-blind!"

 

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It's Official. Microsoft-Yahoo Ink A 10-Year Search Pact

Night Of The Living Yahoo

Alfresco Does Ubuntu

TUX: He's Everywhere You Ought To Be

Ubuntu's Brown! Not Orange!

WFTL Bytes! for Apr 1, 2009

This is WFTL Bytes!, your occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Wednesday, April 1, 2009, with your host, Marcel Gagné. This is episode 54. On today's newscast . . . patents get weirder with help from Apple and IBM, Conficker thumbs his nose at Windows users, Twitter gets owned, Linux and Mac force a Windows rethink, and lobsters and fish sing a Linux song. Oh, and there's a bonus link below for OpenOffice.org pranks. It is April 1st after all.

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Google announces GMail Autopilot

Microsoft can't stand the competition: rethinks Windows 7

U.S. Patent Office uncovers Apple's secret plan

300,000 domains blocked to fight Conficker worm

IBM registers offshoring patent

The Sashimi Tabernacle Choir - Linux and poor taste, together at last

Identi.ca buys Twitter

OpenOffice.org pranks, for anytime

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WFTL Bytes! for Mar 5, 2009

This is WFTL Bytes!, your occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Thursday, March 5, 2009, with your host, Marcel Gagné. This is episode 53. On today's newscast . . . Helios goes mano-a-mano for being a Linux guy, car companies looking to Linux, netbooks again (it's been a while), bad support, Microsoft spreading FUD, FOSS people spreading FUD, and a Scale wrap-up.

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Tempers flare as recession creeps into tech industry

Car makers collaborate on Linux for cars

Are retailers highjacking Linux for their own personal gains?

Open Source leaders speak out on Tom Tom case

Is Microsoft targeting Linux through Tom Tom? Oh please . . .

Scale 7x - One week later

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WFTL Bytes! for Feb 23, 2009

This is WFTL Bytes!, your occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Monday, February 23, 2009, with your host, Marcel Gagné. This is episode 52. On today's newscast . . . we ask why government isn't saving big with FOSS, what constitutes good personal marketing, who's buddying up to Microsoft, why are things so tough over at OpenSUSE, and who put the ram in the ramma lamma ding dong?

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Government saves billions using Open Source software. Really?

Linux: It's a marketing problem

Who's buddying up closer with Microsoft? Novell or RedHat?

Troubling Times for OpenSUSE

Novell promotes ASP.NET, demotes OpenSUSE

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WFTL Bytes! for Feb 12, 2009

This is WFTL Bytes!, your occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Thursday, February 12, 2009, with your host, Marcel Gagné. This is episode 51. On today's newscast . . . crappy economy gives rise to malicious insiders, healthy open source coders, a non-lethal snake bite, patent prior art, and a new Linux distribution that really is communist.

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Malicious insider attacks to rise

Open source projects to provide corporate benefits

Snakebite network readies for open source projects

Snakebite Website

India fights patents with huge prior art database

Cuba launches its own Linux variant

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WFTL Bytes! for Feb 11, 2009

This is WFTL Bytes!, your occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Wednesday, February 11, 2009, with your host, Marcel Gagné. This is episode 50. On today's newscast . . . we with Linux Journal a musical happy birthday, look at open source financial myths, bundle Firefox with some bad ideas, examine Microsoft's open source software, and try to find that same Microsoft a spy.

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COSSFEST 2009

Scale 7x

Linux Journal turns the big 15-0

RedHat CEO kills open source financial myth

Firefox exec doesn't want to be bundled with Windows

Christian Einfeldt on Microsoft's job posting for director of open source stragegy

Inside Microsoft's Open Source repository

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WFTL Bytes! for Feb 2, 2009

This is WFTL Bytes!, your occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Monday, February 2, 2009 (Groundhog Day), with your host, Marcel Gagné. This is episode 49. On today's newscast . . . nature's own weather forecaster tells it like it might be and bites it. Did Linus jump ship too soon? Dept of defense thinks FOSS is cool. Mototala axes Windows, sort of. Going RMS on semantics.

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Did Linus Torvalds jump ship too soon?

Six more weeks of winter says Wiarton Willy

Charles G. Hogg bites Michael Bloomberg

DOD launches its own version of SourceForge

Motorola demotes Windows Mobile; fires staff

Mom, Open Source, and Apple Pie

Open Source Politics and the Big Smoke

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WFTL Bytes! for Jan 27, 2009

This is WFTL Bytes!, your occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Tuesday, January 27, 2009, with your host, Marcel Gagné. This is episode 48. Today's Bytescast is done in front of a live studio audience (I recorded it while streaming live on Ustream.tv, so people were watching the recording). Our stories include the release of KDE 4.2 just as Linus Torvalds jumps ship and Aaron Seigo throws him a life preserver. The moment is now for open source while the EU ponders making Microsoft love Firefox. Google planning the demise of your PC and just what is open source and where is it going?

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WFTL Bytes! Search for a cool intro

This is WFTL Bytes!, your occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Friday, January 23, 2009, with your host, Marcel Gagné. This is episode 47. Sort of. This episode is a behind the scenes look at the challenges of creating WFTL Bytes! including the Search for a Cool Intro. Way back in 2008, right at the end of November, I put out a call on the WFTL-LUG mailing list to help me create a cool intro for WFTL Bytes! This video documents the challenges that led me there and the winning entry.

Congratulations to Patrick Elliott-Brennan, winner of the cool intro competition, and special kudos to Roger Stinson who sent me some cool music to use without me even asking for it.

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WFTL Bytes! for Jan 22, 2009

This is WFTL Bytes!, your occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Thursday, January 22, 2009, with your host, Marcel Gagné. This is episode 46. In today's newscast, we explore whether Obama means a change to FOSS, look into a Gaza OLPC giveaway, learn that there's more to a job than cool stuff, consider an open betrayal, look to the clouds for FOSS developers, and wonder what makes a company's worth on that old stock market.

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Want to win a copy of this week's featured book, "PHP and MySQL Web Development (4th Edition)" by Luke Welling and Laura Thompson? To win a copy, comment on this newscast (make sure you include your email when asked). I'll choose a name from the comments, at random, and make the draw this Friday afternoon. If you simply must have  the book, click the Amazon link to the right. If you can't think of anything to say in a comment (oh, come on), you can email me, quoting the tags from this episode of WFTL Bytes! My thanks to Pearson Higher Education for providing the book.

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