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WFTL Bytes! for Jan 5, 2009

This is WFTL Bytes!, your occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Monday, January 5, 2009, with your host, Marcel Gagné. This is episode 42. Today's stories are brought to you by the number 7 (hey, 7 x 6 = 42), reasons why Linux will rule in 09, influential distributions, MadTux no more, living la vida nadaDRM, and Google Linux (aka Android) is coming to a netbook near you.

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Links to stories covered in this newscast.

Seven reasons why Linux will succeed in 09

Seven most influential Linux distributions

MaxTux Closes its doors

The Google Linux Desktop has arrived

Android powered netbooks; real soon now

An FAQ about those Android netbooks

A year without DRM



7 Influential Distros

Nice to see RedHat in the mix. My first experience with Linux was on an old PC desktop and RedHat 2.0. I was hooked and have been running at least one version or other of Linux since - DSL on my laptop and Ubuntu Ibex on one of my PCs.
All the best in 2009 and keep the info coming.

MaxTux Closes its doors

Profit margins on computer equipment are so small it is hard for any small computer shop to make it. Most shops have been making a living on upgrades and repairs, problem is that a five year old computer is not worth fixing anymore and a small shop can't compete with the big vendors.

First distro and Vector

The distro list was pretty spot on.

Red Hat 6.2 was my first distro which got loaded dual boot with 98se.

Currently using VL5.9 so it was nice to see it listed in the Slackware section. It wasn't nice to see MadTux bowing out but you were correct in saying that VL was preloaded.


Take care


too bad about maxtux, I think the poster below is correct in profit margins...its too hard to compete. but I commend them for starting something.

New Year's resolution #3

Other than going to the gym more often and eating more sensibly, #3 is to watch WFTL Bytes more often! Lots of interesting stuff - I've already picked up a number of cool tips. I like the new intro, too - it works.

I have to agree with the list of the top 7 distros. Like Marcel, Slackware was my first intro to Linux (it was probably Marcel who gave it to me!) We've shifted here in CS at UWaterloo from Debian to Ubuntu and it has worked really well for us. We also have servers/clusters running Suse or RedHat, though.

I'll have to checkout Android.

Thanks, Marcel and have a great 2009!

Re: WFTL Bytes! for Jan 5, 2009

Android doesnt uses X server. Instead it uses direct frame buffer. I think it may complicate things a little in regards of netbooks :(

Re: WFTL Bytes! for Jan 5, 2009

It would be very difficult for me to go without any DRM as I really like to buy movies on DVD.