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Open Season Episode 15: Ballmer's toast post-Yahoo! (we hope)

Open Season hits 15.

Episode 15 of The Register's Open Season Podcast just went live, and proved to be more fun than usual to record.

In Episode 15, Matt Asay, Dave Rosenberg and I dig into the real motives behind Microsoft's lust for Yahoo!, including its desire to use Yahoo! as a nice software delivery mechanism that works around those pesky PC bundling restrictions. But, even with such craftiness on its side, it's hard for Microsoft to justify this deal, since we don't think it will work. And what the hell gives with Microsoft's idea of opening Apple-like Microsoft stores? Come on, guys. Zune brown walls. Even Wal-Mart can beat that.

Away from Microhoo, we hit on the cloud's rise this week through a number of announcements, including Google's new software as a service push and Sun's GPL v2-happy Project Caroline. We also look at the list of top Linux contributors, Red Hat's position in the open source realm and a nifty hand-sized Linux server.

A fun show. Let me know what you think.

(And no, Ashlee, that's really not me breathing as I had it on mute the entire time except for when I was talking.)