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NewsForge: The Most Popular Linux Article Ever?

Jan 02, 2003, 11:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

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[Editor's Note: Linux Today has noted the pervasive nature of this story as well, having located it in no less than 33 separate international media outlets. While our methods of newsgathering differ somewhat from NewsForge's, it is still an interesting study in how some Linux news stories propagate through the media world more than others. -BKP]

"You've seen a headline or two recently on NewsForge that said something like 'Microsoft fights off Windows rival Linux.' I say 'headline or two' because we goofed up and and linked to this story at least twice, under different headlines. It was an easy mistake to make because this AP story has run in more newspapers and on more news Web sites than any other story I have ever seen with the word 'Linux' in it.

"We use a combination of automated scans and human eyeballs to generate our NewsVac section. We scan Google News, NewsNow and other aggregators' sites, too, to pick up anything our software tools (and our readers' many submissions, for which we thank you heartily) may have missed. And that AP story about Microsoft saying Linux is bad not because of licensing but because it costs too much has dominated our searches for Linux stories since Christmas and is still going strong..."

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