Is Linux really losing market share to Windows?

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| Should we be ready, as Kent Brockman might put it, to "welcome our new
| Microsoft overlords," or are the IDC Quarterly Server Tracker figures not
| really reflecting the reality of how servers are used in businesses? I, for
| one, think that what IDC is measuring and what server operating systems
| people are really using are two entirely different things.

Peter Galli should be ashamed of himself for passing on IDC's lies as though
they were some form of fact.

Part of the comment I put in Digg (this deception fools many people):

They only track sales. Linux is DISTRIBUTED, not sold. Should they also start
counting 1 million Linux servers at Google, for example? It also comes from
IDC, which is in Microsoft's pockets and has also shown surveys favourable to
Microsoft while other surveys showed the opposite.

IDC Study:

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| "(Microsoft manager I don't like the fact that the report show us losing
| on TCO on webservers. I don't like the fact that the report show us losing
| on availability (windows was down more than linux). And I don't like the
| fact that the reports says nothing new is coming with windows .net server."
| [...]
| "I don't like it to be public on the doc that we sponsored it because I
| don't think the outcome is as favorable as we had hoped. I just don't like
| competitors using it as ammo against us. It is easier if it doesn't mention
| that we sponsored it."

--Iowa antitrust exhibit

IDC pronounces Linux unimportant to European economy (in
Microsoft-commissioned study)

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| A recent IDC white paper on the economic impact of Microsoft's super
| soaraway new Vista operating system seems to be lacking one crucial
| ingredient -- other operating systems.

--The Inquirer

NY Times bans Microsoft analysts from Microsoft stories

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| Part of the problem stems from the reticence of companies such as
| IDC and Gartner to reveal their clients. That should make everyone
| nervous, but it doesn't. So called objective technology publications
| keep publishing material bought by vendors without telling you this.
| They're also too lazy or scared to ignore the likes of Gartner and
| IDC until the firms change their disclosure rules.

-- The Register

I can imagine IDC 'analysts' high-fiving the Microsoft execs that fund them
whenever they unleash these reports that do not align with others'. The army
of shills is hard at work, trying to fight 'that evil Linux' because it
doesn't pay so-called analysts.