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WFTL Bytes! for Dec 8, 2008

This is WFTL Bytes!, your occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Monday, December 8, 2008, with your host, Marcel Gagné. This is episode 35. Today's stories do not include a sad RIAA tale, but does talk about Google's open phone, an exploding open source cloud, yet another open cell phone OS, pay toilet Wi-Fi, Mandriva is either doing poorly or doing great, and how to fail your computing class.

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For links to the stories covered in today's newscast, please click the 'read more' link.

Links to stories covered in today's newscast.

Google offers completely unlocked Android phone

Cloud computing will fuel open source explosion 

Symbian to be open source by 2010

Improving pay toiled Wi-Fi

The end for Mandriva : one viewpoint

Things just getting better for Mandriva : another point of view

 RIAA targets transplant patient

Entire computing class fails for handing in paper in Word format


Video broken?

On clicking the video link, I get an Amazon commercial. Is something wrong?

Re: WFTL Bytes! for Dec 8, 2008

Are you following the media on and Lessig's ? I am hopeful this will mean our Federal government will finally adopt open technology solutions that include media playable with Free Software. Right now, the administration is still using YouTube, requiring Flash Player, but they have paired these videos with Mpeg and Quicktime video downloads, which is a step in the right direction. However, these patent-encumbered video formats still require licensed software for playback. I hope you will take a few minutes to encourage the new administration to use media formats that are truly open and can be stored and be played back with freely distributable software.