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The Register: Linux Today cries foul over Windows MSNBC poll surge

Sep 18, 2000, 15:59 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

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"Strange goings on in an online operating system poll run by Microsoft partner MSNBC have raised the ire of Linux Today, which has questioned the strange way in which Win2k/ME surged into the top slot on Saturday, with a surprise 50,000 votes in favour, or thereabouts. As Kevin Reichard says in an email to MSNBC, "It strains creduility that 50,000 votes were tallied SOLELY for Microsoft 2000/ME on a Saturday morning."

"Indeed. According to Reichard there had been around 30,000 votes in the poll in the previous two days, and although The Register hadn't been paying too close attention to it, we did check it out on Thursday, and noted Linux was doing well. That in itself isn't surprising, as Linux Today had previously encouraged its readers to vote in the poll."

"At the time of Linux Today's first intervention Linux had been trailing WinME, but the bush telegraph swiftly turned this around. Which of course just goes to show how stupid and unscientific these polls are, but they do seem to keep people amused, and the initial boost to the Linux vote was at least produced by real people (well, geeks then), while the reason for the surge was verifiable, in the shape of Linux Today."

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