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OpenLogic's open source census is just another survey

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| Statistics are a useful tool when it comes to puting flesh on bare
| statements. Linux Weekly News editor Jonathan Corbett, for example, puts out
| an annual report called the Kernel Report is which he uses statistics about
| kernel development to illustrate trends.


WebKit vs. Firefox: choice is a victory for integrators

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| The point of this comparison is to demonstrate that both HTML renderers
| create unique integration opportunities for third-party developers and
| provide different kinds of value to adopters. Nokia's desire to use and
| support both WebKit and Firefox in various contexts richly demonstrates the
| strength that diversity brings to open ecosystems. Choice is the beating
| heart of empowerment.



Is Linux Getting the Shaft?

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| As I recently reported, there is an order of magnitude difference between the
| market share of Linux "out there" in the world, and the market share of LInux
| on Scienceblogs.com and on this very blog. Subsequently, I was trolled by my
| very own brother "... so, when is Luniux going to reach 1% market share?...."
| and this item has come out on ZDNet (which we all know is essentially funded
| by Microsoft, right?): Linux - Still chasing that elusive 1% market share.
| [...]
| 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...
| [More jaw-dropping s*ite]
| [...]
| 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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