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Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Studies on Linux Help Their Patron: Microsoft

Jan 28, 2004, 18:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd Bishop)

"Microsoft Corp. is touting the results of 'independent analyses' in its latest effort to show corporate decision-makers the merits of its Windows operating system vs. Linux, its biggest open-source competitor.

"The studies were, in fact, performed by well-known, independent research firms such as IDC, Giga Research and Meta Group. But the reports themselves tell the rest of the story: They were conducted 'at the request of Microsoft,' 'commissioned by Microsoft' or 'prepared under contract from Microsoft.'

"Microsoft, in other words, paid for the studies to be done.

"Some analysts say that doesn't meet the definition of 'independent.' Microsoft says it does. But no matter the outcome of the semantic debate, the situation is drawing new attention to the company's controversial practice of funding and publicizing research to support its competitive claims..."

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