"That there have been this many reports is all due to
one fact - the figures put forward by this company claim that the
use of GNU/Linux on the desktop has reached one percent of some
subset of users.
"But what subset is this? Is the company not bound to provide
the details of the market it surveyed and how the figures were
obtained? Sure, it's called global market share statistics but then
one needs to ask; remember, the US plays "world series" baseball
where the teams involved are American teams and one from
"And when people talk of the mythical "international community"
they don't really mean the entire 200-plus countries that dot the
"If the figures are not rubbery, then they definitely have some
relevance. One percent of one billion is 10 million desktop users,
which is not a figure to be sneezed at. For Microsoft, that would
be about $US600 million of wasted income."