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TechBytes Episode 30: Microsoft at FOSDEM, Debian Release, and Anonymous



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Summary: Tim, Gordon, and Roy catch up with GNU/Linux vs Microsoft (or vice versa) news and then drift further away into some other topics

TONIGHT'S scheduled-not-so-planned-but-spontaneous show covered mostly GNU/Linux-related issues like Microsoft sponsorship of Linux and FOSS events, the situation at Nokia, Microsoft MVPs, Windows versus GNU/Linux at work, Debian's new release, Linux Mint, uniformity across GNU/Linux environments, filesharing-based business models, Anonymous, and a few more issues. Corresponding articles will be linked very shortly in OpenBytes' show notes. (Update: they're up now)

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Our past shows:

November 2010



Show overviewShow titleDate recorded
Episode 1: Brandon from FedoraTechBytes Episode 1: Apple, Microsoft, Bundling, and Fedora 14 (With Special Guest Brandon Lozza)1/11/2010
Episode 2: No guestsTechBytes Episode 2: Ubuntu's One Way, Silverlight Goes Dark, and GNU Octave Discovered7/11/2010
Episode 3: No guestsTechBytes Episode 3: Games, Wayland, Xfce, Restrictive Application Stores, and Office Suites8/11/2010
Episode 4: No guestsTechBytes Episode 4: Fedora 14 Impressions, MPAA et al. Payday, and Emma Lee's Magic9/11/2010
Episode 5: No guestsTechBytes Episode 5: Windows Loses to Linux in Phones, GNU/Linux Desktop Market Share Estimations, and Much More12/11/2010
Episode 6: No guestsTechBytes Episode 6: KINect a Cheapo Gadget, Sharing Perceptually Criminalised, Fedora and Fusion 14 in Review13/11/2010
Episode 7: No guestsTechBytes Episode 7: FUD From The Economist, New Releases, and Linux Eureka Moment at Netflix14/11/2010
Episode 8: Gordon Sinclair on Linux MintTechBytes Episode 8: Linux Mint Special With Gordon Sinclair (ThistleWeb)15/11/2010
Episode 9: Gordon Sinclair returnsTechBytes Episode 9: The Potentially Permanent Return of ThistleWeb17/11/2010
Episode 10: Special show formatTechBytes Episode 10: Microsoft FUD and Dirty Tactics Against GNU/Linux19/11/2010
Episode 11: Part 2 of special showTechBytes Episode 11: Microsoft FUD and Dirty Tactics Against GNU/Linux - Part II21/11/2010
Episode 12: Novell specialTechBytes Episode 12: Novell Sold for Microsoft Gains23/11/2010
Episode 13: No guestsTechBytes Episode 13: Copyfight, Wikileaks, and Other Chat28/11/2010
Episode 14: Patents specialTechBytes Episode 14: Software Patents in Phones, Android, and in General29/11/2010
Episode 15: No guestsTechBytes Episode 15: Google Chrome OS, Windows Refund, and Side Topics Like Wikileaks30/11/2010


December 2010



Show overviewShow titleDate recorded
Episode 16: No guestsTechBytes Episode 16: Bribes for Reviews, GNU/Linux News, and Wikileaks Opinions3/12/2010
Episode 17: No guestsTechBytes Episode 17: Chrome OS Imminent, Wikileaks Spreads to Mirrors, 'Open' Microsoft5/12/2010
Episode 18: No guestsTechBytes Episode 18: Chrome OS, Sharing, Freedom, and Wikileaks11/12/2010
Episode 19: No guestsTechBytes Episode 19: GNU/Linux Market Share on Desktop at 4%, Microsoft Declining, and ChromeOS is Coming16/12/2010
Episode 20: No guestsTechBytes Episode 20: GNU/Linux Gamers Pay More for Games, Other Discussions18/12/2010
Episode 21: No guestsTechBytes Episode 21: Copyright Abuses, Agitators and Trolls, Starting a New Site20/12/2010
Episode 22: No special guestsTechBytes Episode 22: Freedom Debate and Picks of the Year27/12/2010


January 2011



Show overviewShow titleDate recorded
Episode 23: Tim, Gordon, and RoyTechBytes Episode 23: Failuresfest and 2011 Predictions2/1/2011
Episode 24: Tim, Gordon, and RoyTechBytes Episode 24: Android, Microsoft's President Departure, and Privacy10/1/2011
Episode 25: Tim and RoyTechBytes Episode 25: Mono, Ubuntu, Android, and More14/1/2011
Episode 26: Tim and RoyTechBytes Episode 26: €£98 GNU/Linux Computer, Stuxnet's Government Roots, and More18/1/2011
Episode 27: Tim, Gordon, and RoyTechBytes Episode 27: Linux Phones, Pardus, Trusting One's Government-funded Distribution, and Much More22/1/2011
Episode 28: Tim, Gordon, and RoyTechBytes Episode 28: The Weekend After Microsoft's Results and LCA30/1/2011


February 2011



Show overviewShow titleDate recorded
Episode 29: Tim, Gordon, and RoyTechBytes Episode 29: KDE, Other Desktop Environments, and Programming7/2/2011


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