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

Links to stories covered in today's newscast.

Android lead engineer jumps ship

President Obama: Good for Open Source?

BBC report on Obama and Open Source

Is the Open Standards Alliance betraying Open Source?

OLPC giving away 5000 laptops to Gaza children

RedHat worth more than Sun?

Nearly half of Open Source developers focusing on the cloud

RedHat worth more than Sun?

I don't get it either, moreover why is trading for more than two bottle caps and a stick of stale gum?



Red Hat worth more than Sun?

It makes sense to me, Red Hat has a business model.

Youtube, Sun and FOSS?!?

Nice info, thanks! But I don't get the connection between FOSS on one side and youtube and Sun on the other. Also, Microsoft is putting out the first open community projects and gives away a lot of its software free. It seems the lines are blurring, which is a good thing, imo.

FOSS hopes

I personally hope for more of a reaction based sales model, by which I mean that you get a product FOSS, perhaps with the links to the product, and a secure environment on the same website to give money for that product to the person who made it if it is found useful for the end user. Sadly I don't have the revenue to start such a business, but hey maybe someone else can use my idea (the idea is free). Then whenever I get around to writing a book, or making a useful program, I can use that site to put my product out there. Oh yea, and remember to use torrents to reduce costs!