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WFTL Bytes! for Dec 5, 2008

This is WFTL Bytes!, your occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Friday, December 5, 2008, with your host, Marcel Gagné. This is episode 34. Today's show is brought to you by the letter O. Stories include a Songbird that's just turned 1, an extreme makeover for, more on the faster, slicker version of said, IBM reinvents and rediscovers thin clients, as a newcomer to the world of Opera hits a high note.

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Links to the stories covered in today's newscast.

Songbird takes flight with 1.0 release

OpenOffice UI getting a much needed makeover

Project Renaissance (for

Open Source in 2020

FLOSS 2020 Roadmap

Ubuntu+IBM = the alternative corporate desktop

Go-OO, the best office suite you never knew you used

Opera 10 alpha 1, fast and shiny! 


Your comments on Songbird, Opera and OOO are exactly what I like to hear. As an avid Linux USER, it is very valuable to hear about good software (or bad) because it is impossible to try everything yourself. I still wish that you would make some comments about how you like (or dislike) your Mandriva 2009 desktop.

I started years ago with Linux using Mandrake 6.5 and Caldera 2.3 (back before the days of evil). I have stayed mainly with Mandriva (Mandrake) except for some time during the 8.x days when they made some major blunders that forced me to switch to Suse. At this point, I would prefer to spend my time investigating software other than the basic operating system, but since Mandriva seems to have such ups and downs in the marketplace despite their usually excellent distribution, I am compelled to keep at least some familiarity with Ubuntu and Suse or others just in case they implode. The point here being that if someone else has done the work of checking out a particular distribution and can say something about it, the less work I have to do. Which of course means that I have more time to drink beer or wine with friends and family.


nice mug

I have one of those from their first season!

re: Nice mug

Thanks, anonymous.

That Toronto Raptors mug is one of my favorites, not because I'm a huge fan, but because I seriously dig dinosaurs [ insert appropriate smiley here ], and because it's a big mug and holds a lot of coffee. The Raptors do have a cool logo though.