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GNU/Linux: rubbery figures don't help the cause

May 14, 2009, 18:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

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"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 Canada.

"And when people talk of the mythical "international community" they don't really mean the entire 200-plus countries that dot the globe.

"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."

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