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[News] Ubuntu GNU/Linux Already Adopted in 11% of American Businesses

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Canonical To VARs: 11% of U.S. Businesses Use Ubuntu Linux

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| In an effort to rally solutions providers around Ubuntu Linux, Canonical is 
| telling resellers that 11 percent of U.S. businesses already run Ubuntu. 



French police deal blow to Microsoft

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| The French paramilitary police force said Wednesday it is ditching Microsoft 
| for the free Linux operating system, becoming one of the biggest 
| administrations in the world to make the break.  


Vista: DOA in the Enterprise

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| The really bad news for Microsoft: the number of business PCs running Windows
| XP increased from 2007 to 2008—three times the increase in the percentage of
| PCs running Vista.
| Perhaps worse: The majority of businesses waiting for Vista—meaning those
| running older Windows versions—migrated to XP instead. Microsoft had counted
| on Windows 2000 and older versions to go to Vista. The newest Windows saw
| some conversion, but XP got much more.


Is Linux Getting the Shaft?

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| So I went and looked. Here is the description of the database used by the
| Market Share service that everyone seems to rely on:
|     We collect data from the browsers of site visitors to our exclusive
|     on-demand network of live stats customers. The data is compiled from
|     approximately 160 million visitors per month. The information published
|     is an aggregate of the data from this network of hosted website
|     statistics. The site unique visitor and referral information is
|     summarized on a monthly basis.
| WTF?
| Is this supposed to be some kind of unbiased sample? But wait, there's
| more...
| [...]
| The complexity of this problem is actually rather large. But I can tell you
| one thing: If you were my graduate student and you came to me with this
| sampling strategy, I'd send you back to kindergarten. (If I had that power.)

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