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Video front-end comes with Linux drivers

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| Nuvation is shipping a "video front end" reference design that digitizes
| multiple analog video streams, tiling them for display on a 1080i monitor.
| The Multichannel Video Front-End (McVFE) uses Texas Instruments (TI) video
| decoders and a Xilinx Spartan 3A FPGA, and ships with Linux drivers.
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http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS6...12.html?kc=rss

"There's a lot of Linux out there -- much more than Microsoft generally signals
publicly -- and their customers are using it..."

--Paul DeGroot, a Directions On Microsoft analyst.


Recent:

Is Linux growing at Windows' or Unix's expense?

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| George Weiss, the vice president of Stamford, Conn.-based [Microsoft's]
| Partner Inc., said that there is probably "a whole lot more Linux [in use]
| than people realize" because so much is downloaded for free that is not
| counted in server shipments. Although the survey did not break down Linux use
| by organization size, Weiss speculated that Linux may be used in 80% of large
| enterprises, with lesser percentages in smaller businesses.
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http://searchenterpriselinux.techtar...329483,00.html


Analysts as a lagging indicator of success

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| The problem is that analysts like Gartner get their information from the
| vendors that subsidize their research, as well as from CIOs. Neither is a
| good indicator of where the market is going.
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http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-10033668-16.html


Analysts fail on open source

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| Industry analysts can play a valuable role. But their shortcomings are
| particularly evident in their coverage of open source software. And, apart
| from analysts, what viable alternative information sources exist?
|
| Despite their critics, analysts at their best can bridge a significant gap
| between vendors and software users. Vendor marketers who create information
| for prospective customers are understandably sales-driven and rarely grasp
| how their products are deployed.
|
| The result tends to be material strong on superlatives and weak on substance.
| Certain features are emphasized while the processes involved in
| implementation are largely ignored, even though these may be more significant
| and costly than the software itself.
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http://www.zdnetasia.com/insight/sof...scid=rss_z_eti


Reality Check: What does Gartner really DO?

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| I have this notion to write a series of columns from time to time under the
| title "Reality Check" -- columns intended to explain how the world of
| Information Technology actually functions. Because like any other entrenched,
| complex, and often closeted industry, things in IT don't really work the way
| many people think they do. I'm guessing the Vatican is a bit like that, too.
| So I'll be looking at various IT players and their roles and trying to put
| them into perspective, much as I did recently with a column or two about the
| role of computer consultants. This week the topic is Gartner Inc., or rather
| all the Gartner-like operations that give advice about technology to
| America's largest businesses: what do these guys actually DO?
|
| Not much of real value I'm afraid -- at least of value in my view.
|
| [...]
|
| Into this knowledge vacuum come the vendors, who want to sell stuff, and the
| consultants like Gartner, Forrester, IDC, and the Yankee Group, who need IT
| managers to feel uncertain about every decision except the decision to buy
| something, anything. Then look at the number of "research reports" that are
| commissioned by vendors. Uh-oh.
|
| The five P's of IT are Pride, Prejudice, Politics, Price, and Performance,
| with the last two being by far the least important. Consultants like Gartner
| are very useful for minding the pride and politics, their real function being
| to provide $2 billion worth of IT management CYA per year.
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http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/2...16_004925.html


PC deal could save public sector billions

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| Suffolk told Gartner, “I think we have fundamentally failed on a worldwide
| basis as an IT industry to understand the cost of what we do. And I roundly
| blame Gartner for this, because you guys are the ones who come up with TCO
| [total cost of ownership] benchmarking. It has become a self-fulfilling
| prophecy.
|
| “So, I go out and I pick boring desktop infrastructure. What price do you
| think the suppliers broadly pitch? You will not be shocked to know that it is
| somewhere around the Gartner TCO benchmark.”
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http://www.computerweekly.com/Articl...r-billions.htm


Related:

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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http://www.cnet.com/8301-13505_1-989...bj=TheOpenRoad


http://advice.cio.com/thomas_wailgum..._by?page=0%2C0


Gartner analyst: OOXML important domino

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| Businessweek (Jennifer L Schenker) quoted Gartner analyst Michael Silver last
| week who puts OOXML in a wider commercial perspective...
|
| "appear more open". This is how Gartner views the credibility of the new
| [OOXML] openness....
|
| Look how optimistic Gartner's Silver is...
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http://www.noooxml.org/forum/t-44362...portant-domino


NY Times bans Microsoft analysts from Microsoft stories

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| Just days after banning Enderle from discussing Microsoft because
| he has Microsoft as a client, the Times quoted Gartner analyst
| Michael Silver and AMR Research analyst Jim Murphy in a story
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| about Microsoft's Windows and Office software.
|
| If the paper would prefer not to quote an analyst who has
| experience with a client, it did a poor job. Silver is Gartner's
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| vice president in charge of client computing. Microsoft happens to
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| do lots of business with Gartner and also happens to have a
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| client-software monopoly. We're guessing that Silver knows
| Microsoft's products well and has direct involvement with the
| company.
|
| And, sure enough, he appears a number of times on Microsoft's
| own site and thousands of times in stories about Microsoft.
|
| Jim Murphy - wait for it - covers Microsoft too and is even more
| prolific than Silver.
|
| [...]
|
| 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.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/12/15/nytimes_ms_ban/


Buy Vista or die

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| Gartner research vice president Michael Silver said that outfits have delayed
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| their Vista migrations to the point of stupidity and now some are considering
| late 2008 or even 2009, while others mull skipping the OS completely.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...2/07/vista-die


Other Underreported Stories: Analyst Integrity?

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| There was a pretty interesting discussion with views on both sides. Some felt
| that the rumors have been so persistent that, well, where there's smoke
| there's fire. Others saying they have heard from someone who heard from
| someone that once they started paying their exposure improved. Others saying
| it's just like the rumors that magazine advertisers get better reviews, an
| accusation that has been levied to Ziff-Davis publications, as well as
| photography and stereo equipment magazines for years.
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http://weblog.infoworld.com/openreso...tml?source=rss


Credibility Of Analysts

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| Research firms make their living by offering expert advice to business and
| technology people about the best ways to invest their IT dollars. It can be
| invaluable insight, but only if that analysis comes with no strings attached.
| And on that, there's no guarantee.
|
| Forrester, Gartner, IDC, and others insist their output is squeaky clean, yet
| they also rake in millions providing services to the very same companies they
| monitor, heavyweights like Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle. Which leads to
| a question that continues to dog the research firms: How much influence do
| technology vendors have over their work?
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http://www.informationweek.com/showA...lyst+influence
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