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LinuxInsider: Man Bites Dog: Counting Linux In

Oct 31, 2003, 20:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Murphy)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"If you sell products, measuring sales in terms of dollars during some reporting cycle--like a quarterly or annual period--makes perfect sense. It's dollars you're interested in, so dollars you measure. That's not true, however, for the open-source community. If you give away the product, then usage is the only measure that counts.

"Unfortunately, no one provides a widely accepted measure of open-source installations or usage. As a result, the measures that do exist consistently underestimate the actual install rate.

"Consider, for example, the impact of IDC's recently released comparisons of its own server and desktop shipping statistics for 2002 and 2001..."

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