"Used in the right context, statistics can often illuminate and
point the way. On the other hand, these days, given the degree of
spin around, they are more often used to confuse and blur an
"That's why I am always suspicious about surveys. Over the years
I've been writing about free and open source software, I've seen
numerous surveys from the proprietary software crowd--which always
tend to paint a positive picture of proprietary software.
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