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> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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>> Netbooks A Linux Stronghold?
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>> | For years, backers of open-source software have hoped to push Microsoft
>> | out of its dominant position in desktops and laptops. Windows-powered
>> | personal computers account for more than 90% of unit sales,. Linux 4%,
>> | Gartner says.
>> This company's bias is /against/ GNU/Linux (Gates even funds them), but
>> fake numbers from toy 'studies' are easily contadicted here, and not for
>> the first time.
> So I keep wondering what approved measuring techniques Gartner$ has
> used to come up with its Linux market share to now all of a sudden
> find itself quoting a massive 4% of the total desktop Linux market?
> As far as I know no one has any approved ways of measuring Linux.
> So Gartner$ are out spliffing and producing flakey numbers to then sell
> for money. They can and should be sued if money is changing hands
> for entirely avoidable deliberately misleading and flakey reports
> and a judge should order all reports to undergo peer review and
> rigorous analysis by experts before they are allowed to publish.
> One possible low estimate is to count the number of press releases.
> At least it is independently verifiable, and updateable if the numbers
> change. But again as far as I know, Gartner$ don't take such simple
> steps to get indepedently validatable results.
Gartner said something similar before. They typically have those figures
because they are hired by companies like Microsoft to do some market
intelligence. How they deliver their 'studies' for the client is a separate
thing and the reason Gartner should be ignored in its 'whitepapers' (more like
~~ Best of wishes
"We should dedicate a cross-group team to come up with ways to leverage Windows
--Jim Allchin, Microsoft
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