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WFTL Bytes! for Nov 11, 2008 - Rememberance Day, Windows beats Linux or not, a lighter OOo, smartphones, and misinformation.

This is WFTL Bytes!, your occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Tuesday, November 11, 2008, with your host, Marcel Gagné. Today's stories include a netbook slug-fest, lies and damned lies, misinformation, the Microsoft Linux-killer, smartphone sales figures, a smaller, and a digital dark age. 

Download a local copy in Ogg/Theora, AVI, Flash, iPod, and audio-only MP3. For links to the stories covered today, click the 'read more' link.

Links to the stories covered in today's newscast. Rememberance Day in Canada

Linux on Netbooks; doomed already?

Users put off by Linux? : Windows 7 no threat to netbook Linux :

The big Windows 7 lie :

Go-oo, a lighter, faster, :

Linux smartphone shipments up 49% :

Digital Dark Age may doom some data :

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Far too much

Occasional, not enough Daily recently. :-(

re: Far too much occasional

Hello Martin,

Another complaint that I'm willing to accept as a compliment [ insert appropriate smiley here ]. My aim is to get at least three WFTL Bytes! out every week, an occasional fourth, and if somebody hands me a big pile of money to ignore my other job(s) and concentrate on this, a solid five per week. If I were you, I'd put my money on 3 or maybe 4 per week. Thanks for watching!

-- Marcel

Re: re: Far too much occasional

It would hardly be a complaint if I didn't look forward to your show.

I just like to have a more solid schedule, I've known other online media (such as comics) to suffer for not having solid schedules. although RSS may save you here.

If your finding it hard to do, why don't you aggregate the work some how. What is difficult about what you do? is it actual videoing or is it the research and preparation?

Linux on Netbooks

Hey Marcel,

I didn't say it was doomed but rather I am not surprised by the return numbers because people will use what they are familiar with. I like this forum though...very cool. Thanks for the spotlight--even if you did hate it.


re: Linux on netbooks

Hello Ken,

Nice of you to drop by. You are right, you didn't say Linux on netbooks was doomed . . . that was from the article on (just before yours in the list). My objection to your article was that you were quoting only the MSI numbers (the 4 to 1 returns or Linux) whereas the real players in this field, Asus and Acer, show no such difference. Perhaps the problem is more with MSI's implementation since Asus users are apparently unaffected by having Linux on their netbooks. And I did not hate your column, otherwise I wouldn't have referred people to it [ insert appropriate smiley here ]. Again, thanks for dropping by.


re: re: Linux on Netbooks


You're right. I didn't mention Asus or Acer but I have heard that the return rate is higher for Linux. I certainly don't want it to be. It's also possible that people who buy those aren't normal users...they may be a bit more savvy. I'd have to speak to Asus or Acer to know for sure and to know what the raw numbers are. I know you didn't hate it ;-)
By the way, I like your videos. What do you use to film them?


re: Download links

What can I say other than, "Oops!"

Yon links are now available.

-- Marcel

Download Links

Please put the download links up for this show

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