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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Tries to Fool the EU (Regarding Software Patents), Lies About Share

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Tries to Fool the EU (Regarding Software Patents), Lies About Share
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 09 Oct 2009 12:20 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Is the EU-Microsoft Deal a Victory or Defeat? And for Whom?

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| Now, the phrase âcompatible with Open Source Licensesâ 
| is pretty vague. Does that include the GNU GPL, for 
| instance? If it doesn't, it's a weak undertaking, but if 
| it does, it could be significant. Similarly, what 
| exactly ânominal upfront feeâ means, and whether it is 
| per project and truly negligible, are questions that 
| will need to be answered before that undertaking can be 
| judged.


Meet Microsoft, the Delusional

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| Er, what, like the browser sector, where Firefox now has 
| nearly 24% market share worldwide, and Microsoft's share 
| is decreasing? Or Apache's 54% in the Web server world, 
| where Microsoft's share is decreasing? Or GNU/Linux's 
| 88% market share of the top 500 supercomputers in the 
| world, where Microsoft's share is static?



GNU/Linux: rubbery figures don't help the cause

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| I wrote to Net Applications on May 6, with the operative part of my query
| being: "Can you please elaborate as to the methodology employed to obtain
| these statistics and the geographical regions which are covered? I searched
| your site for information but could not find anything."
| Back came an automated reply which gave me reason for hope; it said, among a
| host of other things, "Messages are normally answered within 24 hours on
| weekdays." But that was the end of the matter. A week later I am none the
| wiser as to how the statistics were collected and what geographical area they
| cover.
| [...]
| If one wants to look at anything other than the statistics as provided by Net
| Applications, one has to subscribe to something called "Geolocation Upgrade"
| and pay - the options cost anything from $US300 to $US1000.
| But on that page, one does get an indication of the reach of the statistics.
| One option available is geolocation segmentation - "country, region,
| designated market area, city and postal code and combination reports for
| browsers, operating systems and search engines." And it adds: "Postal code
| segmentation is for the US, UK and Canada only."
| Another option, titled demographic upgrade, is available for the US only. No
| mention of China, India or Brazil, three rather large countries where
| sizeable numbers of the six billion humans who populate our world live.
| It is surprising that nobody has thought to ask these questions - it doesn't
| take much intelligence to do so. There has been considerable angst among some
| at what they call under-reporting of the degree of Linux take-up on the
| desktop.

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