Peter Galli printed a fair article questioning Microsoft’s slicing and dicing of raw IDC numbers.
Here is the full text of my response to his original article:
Fundamentally this particular study will over-count Windows share and undercount Linux. Al Gillen at IDC, who we have a lot of respect for, says this himself in your article. Why is Linux so under-counted in this research?
We’re talked quite a bit in the press about how Linux is the platform of choice for .com and Web 2.0 development. Google, Amazon, Facebook and so many of the Internet’s leading applications or services are built on Linux and open source. And why is that?
Matthew Mengerinkm VP of core technologies at Pay Pal lays out some very clear reasons why Linux is the defacto choice in this article on Linux Insider.
I’m a little behind in my posts, but I wanted to throw my hat in the ring of cheer for the news that Novell is making Greg KH a fellow and allowing him to work full time on the Linux Driver Project. This really is excellent community support by Novell.
The ever useful Kernel Trap has the story here
Internet news has their take (and mine) here.
News travels fast that an EU Court has ruled in favor of the European Commission against Microsoft. While we are happy with this decision and are looking forward to a more transparent and open Microsoft, I have to chuckle at this headline:
One of the most important things we do at the Linux Foundation is facilitate collaboration between end users, community developers and vendors. In fact, we created the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit to do precisely that every year, twice a year. But there are other events where end users and developers collaborate; one such is the Linux Kernel Summit, an invitation only pow-wow of the leaders in kernel development.
On September 2, the comment and voting period will close on ISO/IEC DIS 29500, the draft specification based upon Microsoft’s Office Open XML formats (OOXML). The Linux Foundation (LF) has received questions from outside its membership regarding its position on adoption of OOXML in its current form as a global standard. In sum, the Linux Foundation calls upon those National Bodies that have not yet cast their votes to vote “No, with comments.”
When I talk to family and friends outside of the technology business about what I do, I often get reactions like this, “I’ve never seen or used Linux. It’s just used by technology geeks, right?” My reply? “I’ll bet you a thousand dollars you’ve used Linux. You just haven’t realized it.” I then ask them the following:
One of our successful programs here at the Linux Foundation is also one of the least well known — at least in the United States. Three times a year, the Linux Foundation Japan office brings in leading Linux luminaries to present and interact with local senior software developers. The goal? To increase open source participation by talented Japanese developers. The result? Even though it’s not an exact science, accepted patches from Japanese developers have been rising over the last years.
Dan Frye, IBM’s VP of open systems development and an LF board member, suggested at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit that the Linux community should “just chill about v2 and v3.” We agree.
While at first look, having software available under different licenses may sound complicated, it’s actually not much different than the multitude of licenses that have always been available in both the open and closed source worlds. GPLv3 represents one more.