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[News] Company That Microsoft Paid to Attack Linux Sees Free Software Growing

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Forrester: Lots of room for open-source growth

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| Huge swaths of the market have apparently adopted open-source infrastructure 
| like the Linux operating system, JBoss application server, MySQL and 
| PostgreSQL databases, and other open-source systems...  



Forrester survey discovers that virtually no one uses open source (?!?)

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| Back in 2005, Microsoft was paying Forrester for anti-Linux research. I
| assume that this report, referenced at the top of this post, is more of the
| same. But even in the midst of FUD there is real data that can make
| open-source vendors better.



Commentary: Getting the Facts, Forrester-style

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| Still browsing through Microsoft's Get the Facts campaign website, and I
| think I found one of the primary reasons Microsoft is hammering on
| the "You've already bought us once, why not more?" theme. Take a look at this
| Forrester chart, available here in its original report, posted (and paid for)
| by Microsoft.


Linux: Who got it right, who got it very wrong?

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| Open-source software, once derided as the unsupportable and unreliable work
| of hobbyists, has secured itself a place at the table of many a large
| enterprise, although in ways that were different than many expected even five
| years ago.
| By promoting a culture of transparency and forcing independent software
| vendors and service providers to add value in new ways, open source can be
| lauded for shaking up an industry that was ripe for a change. Instead of
| thinking in terms of market domination and customer lock-in, the industry is
| now prepared to work for its lunch — and to respect the customers' desire for
| a better option, whether it's open source or otherwise.


A response to that FUD piece, "Linux Still Doesn't Make it On Desktop", from
Microsoft Shill, Michael Gartenberg:


Evangelist Gartenberg back to being analyst

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| After only three weeks at Microsoft as an "evangelist," Michael
| Gartenberg is returning to his old job as vice president and
| research director at JupiterResearch.


Need some data to support your cause? Hire an analyst

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| CIO.com raises an important issue about the integrity of research being done
| by industry analysts. Namely, if a sponsor pays for the research, do they get
| favorable treatment in that research?  
| [...]
| I'm not suggesting that the research is corrupted. I'm just suggesting that
| it's hard to remove the taint of sponsored research. Just take a look at
| Gartner's "Hype Cycle" on open source, which is woefully inaccurate, probably
| in part because Gartner gets its information from the vendors who sponsor its
| research, not the customers who are buying into open source in droves.    
| So, the next time you read a report, blog entry, or article, consider who
| pays the writer (including when reading this blog).


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