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WFTL Bytes! for Jan 20, 2009

This is WFTL Bytes!, your occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Tuesday, January 20, 2009, with your host, Marcel Gagné. This is episode 45.  Today, the US of A gets a new president and seven days later, a new KDE appears (concidence?). Meanwhile, the British Navy learns the hard way, Yahoo cheers Zimbra, companies slowly board the Linux train, and a young woman's life is ruined by Ubuntu and Dell (not really).

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For links to the stories covered in this newscast, click the 'read more' link.

Links to the stories covered in this newscast.

Royal Navy gets hit with virus

Zimbra thrives under Yahoo!

Enterprise Linux? Not so fast!

WKOW : Woman blames Dell for missing classes

Blog of Helios on above story

YouTube posting of story

YouTube posting of story, but edited to make it seem much worse


Youtube links missing.

The links to the youtube videos are missing.

Dell - Ubuntu

Seriously? They call this newsworthy? I mean didn't she "kick the tires" first to see what she was buying? or ask a few questions of the sales person? I'm surprised Dell even sold the unit with Ubuntu on it as they (and other computer suppliers) are now advertising "they recommend Windows".
It's bad enough that FOSS is (or should be) the future of computing and yet Mr. Gates has to buy or coerce these recommendations to maintain his marketshare and stranglehold on personal computing.

re: YouTube links

Oops. My apologies for missing those. The links are now there.

-- Marcel

I was just waiting for it.

When I first heard of their migration I started the clock to some "thing" shutting down the royal navy. I was kinda hoping the Monty Python guys would have something to say. Maybe even post it to their YouTube channel. Maybe a unique rendition of "Blue Screeeeen of Death Away" to the "Anchors Away" tune. ;-)

Dell/Ubuntu/College issue.

hey, let's get a few cute girls and start calling similar shows to get Adobe, Google and others to port their applications to Linux.

My daughter would love to use Google's SketchUp but it is too young to pass a college student.

best regards,

Royal Navy

good thing George W. Bush is out of office, otherwise he would come up with Al-Qaeda/Hamas having weapons of mass infection.


Thanks for the plug Marcel !! One minor correction - Calgary Open Source SYSTEMS Festival, not "software". Otherwise, much appreciated!

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U.S. troops and Royal Navy

I had the same idea about global infections by Hamas and Al-Quaeda. And when Marcel donned his yellow press hat, it might have been a "Freudian Slip," because he might need it to help fend off the flak from this story and the poor woman who may actually end up loving Ubuntu.