TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 12 – 23/11/10

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: “Heart of Medieval” – Butterfly Tea

Despite Gordon still battling the cold, the onus of the show being rested on Roy’s shoulders and I had just arrived in from work, the three brave hosts give you episode 12 of the TechBytes show.

Todays main discussion point was the news about Novell, which unless you’ve been under a rock you will be up to speed with.  Roy, Gordon and myself give our views and observations before branching out into other topics (semi) and not so semi related.  A news article is highlighted to me mid recording about a possible investigation of the purchase by Attachmate:

We speak about OpenSUSE and I give my observation that despite positive reports from users, the distro never quite made it.  Could the Microsoft connection have been to blame?  Listen to mine, Gordon’s and Roy’s opinions then you decide.

I mention the press release by Attachmate in regards to the future of OpenSUSE/SUSE:

We look at Microsoft flexing its muscles over the Kinect Opensource drivers and then changing its tune:

We talk again in general terms about consoles and I give my opinions on why no company with a popular console can rest on its laurels (as history has dictated).

Ballmer and his cancer comment are mentioned (in respect of patents which were touched with the Novell news).

We end on a track chosen by myself.

I think I speak for everyone involved when I say we are slightly humbled by the support and positive reception the show has received so far, as well as being a very enjoyable project it allows us to put our views forward in a far more open way.  There are no edits, no censorship, what you hear is recorded in one go and to all intents and purposes its like a live show in that respect.

We are working with a very talented chap called Marti who has produced a professional “sound bite” which further adds to the production value of this project.  We are hoping very soon to incorporate this into the show and give it a little more “shine”.  The only delay to this has been my personal and “real life” commitments – This will be remedied shortly and along with all the suggestions/comments we receive hope to have a more structured show as time progresses.

Roy has written show notes for episode 12 – you can listen over on and I have hosted the ogg version here and the mp3 version here.

Goblin – /

You can also contact me on Skype: tim.openbytes

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