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WFTL Bytes! for Dec 18, 2008

This is WFTL Bytes!, your occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Thursday, December 18, 2008, with your host, Marcel Gagné. This is episode 39. Today's stories include an attack from a giant open source chameleon named OpenSUSE, a channel-enhanced Mandriva, a virtually new VirtualBox, an attack from 200 billion spam messages, and a knight in shining black armor to fight off at least a few of them.

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Links to the stories covered in today's newscast.

OpenSUSE 11.1 is hot and ready

Mandriva's channel network is growing

Sun releases a new VirtualBox

Spam numbers are staggering

Barracuda Networks releases a new RBL service, and it's FREE.

Re: WFTL Bytes! for Dec 18, 2008

Suse 11.1 looks sexy. I plan on installing it this weekend!

re: sexy OpenSUSE

You know you're a geek when you refer to a new Linux distribution as sexy.

Yeah, I know, I'm a geek too.

-- Marcel

Thur. Dec. 18/08 show

Hi Marcel
I enjoyed your show today as usual. It's great to see all the major Linux distributors gaining ground on you know who. The increase of spam is getting to be a little scary,but we will just have to be more diligent. I look forward to my daily Bytes.

Virtual Box and the new Suse

I'm glad you highlighted Virtual Box. I had tried Qemu, based on your recommendation a while back, and found lots of challenges tweaking and getting it to work. I stumbled on Virtual Box last week and was thrilled with the easy to follow step by step manual with lots of explanation as to why things are they way they are. I tried it and it just works with everything I've thrown at it. It's great!

Now you've got my mouth watering over Suse. . .

Re: WFTL Bytes! for Dec 18, 2008

OpenSUSE Looks Cool. BTW I like your tag cloud.

Love all the hats!

Hi Marcel,

Just wanta say I think your show is great and informative oh yeah I really like all your hats!
You must have a massive hat collection, hope you don't run out of new ones to wear, as I'm sure your show will be lasting a lonnng time -)/

Mmm... love that juicy spam

It's also worth noting that 95% of all email is apparently spam, and that the problem seems to be getting worse.

I of course cheat, and use Gmail as my mail proxy for filtering purposes. People who are important either get my (private) mailserver address (and encryption), or get an alternate form of contact for me, just in case.

Of course, the day spammers get ahold of both of those, I'm basically screwed. :)

damn small recap

>OpenSUSE 11.1 is
I still feel queasy whenever I see the word suse but I have to begrudgingly admit that they do an excellent KDE version that puts kUbuntu to shame.

>is hot and ready
Your love of Gnu-Linux is disturbing to say the least.

>Mandriva's channel network is growing
PCLinuxOS was the first Linux I felt was ready for my parents to use, so when dad declared he was ready to switch from PCLOS for his 76th birthday I was relieved to find out that he chose Mandriva 2009 out of all the Live CD's I have (mainly KDE and XFCE). He's been raving about since he got it. He also wants Puppy Linux on his old Thinkpad T21 instead of Xubuntu and he punctuates every free software comment with a "So its still not gonna cost me anything to have the newest and most up to date desktop? Amazing."

>Sun releases a new VirtualBox
Mom uses Edubuntu that she saw on my eldest son's laptop. She does some charity work and they are on Windows, so were gonna give Virtualbox a whirl later on to see if she can handle it. All I want is easy tabarnak!

>Spam numbers are staggering
When my youngest was born we got him a gmail account, one with his full name and one with his nickname. I sent one email from one address to the other and then back and that's all in the past 1 year. So how the heck can those two accounts be getting spam?

>Barracuda Networks releases a new RBL service, and it's FREE.
Ah, bless your heart laddie, free is always good!
I mean, Im all for libre and copyleft and all that good stuff but gratis cant be beat.
And if that makes me a cheap bastard, so be it.



I bought some spam this week. Not the e-mail kind, but the stuff that is in a can at the grocery store. I may never have had spam before so I thought that I would give it a whrill since we are always using that word.

I might enjoy it, after all, I do enjoy a good feed of haggis.




OpenSUSE now has fingerprint recognition as one of its features! Sounds intriguing!

90% of the world's email is spam?! 200 billion spam messages sent a day?!
That's an incredible amount. What a waste of electrical power -- but someone must be making enough money from that to keep on doing it -- it would be interesting to see a breakdown of the details of that...
It might be easier to control if we knew more about it.

You almost made it !!!

Hey Marcel - You almost made it all the way through one broadcast without mentioning the 'C' word ... but alas, just as the show was ending (2 seconds left) I heard you mentioning you lost your coffee. :o)
Another great 'cast with lots to think about and stuff to browse through - I think I'll take a gander at the latest SuSe release and see if it's as "sexy" as I'm being led to believe.


virtual box

hardware support in virtual box sounds promising

one step closer to running linux as a primary without having to reboot into windows.

i just have to figure out how to get dual screens to work when the ati drivers are enabled.

spam ... *shakes head in disgust* this is all i need; more through the filters means more being forwarded by the idiot users. yes they open it, read it, and then forward em a copy of the message (including the image links). If it was the headers i could add to my blacklist but the message...

spam would not be such a problem if no one opened it; worse yet buy the crap offered.

Virtual Box

I'll have to look at the Virtual Box...Right now using WINE and Crossover Pro.

free book

Speaking of free books, I lent out your book to a friend and it never came back. Seems like good books never return on their own. Since I don't have much on DSL it sure would be nice to have a reference on my desk.