TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 10 – 19/11/10

Intro music: “I fought the troll” by Tom Smith.  You can find more of his work here.

Hosts: Tim (OpenBytes) Roy (Techrights) Gordon (Thistleweb)

Featured Track: “The Pretty Pride Of Russia” by Tom Hickox

If I was to give this episode a title it would probably be “Hung by the Eula”.  This episode is a discussion of Microsoft FUD, their tactics and subsequent harm.  We cover many facets of the actions/tactics:

Linux at the end of its life-cycle and the originating article (in Russian) can be found here.

Gordon, Roy and myself talk about Dell’s support of Linux (then an apparent hasty retreat), we consider Linspire and Linux in Walmart.

Return rates of Linux machines – Fact or fiction? and what were the reasons behind any returns?

Microsoft “helps” the unemployed! or does it? – Free Software and Books for Unemployed Developers (thanks to Microsoft MVPs!

Microsoft gets hung by its own EULA! – A light-hearted look at how Microsoft solicitors prepared their Tax defense, only to find that their case was lost by their own EULA.

Finally, if you need an example of the years of FUD and control by Microsoft advocates, look no further than the deluded teacher who thinks there is no such thing as legal free software.

We close on Roy’s choice of track for the day.  You can find the TechRights show notes here.

The mp3 version of episode 10 can be found here

The ogg version of episode 10 can be found here.

Goblin –

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