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Our Response to Microsoft’s Misleading IDC Numbers

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?

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Catching up to 2.6.24

The first 2.6.24 prepatch is out, signaling the closing of the merge window. So I have gone and tweaked things all over the Weather Forecast pages to match the new reality. The summary on the main page now shows the highlights of 2.6.24, and various other entries have been changed to reflect what happened during the merge window. In particular I quietly changed the predicted merge dates for all the stuff which I thought would get into this kernel, but didn’t.

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Pay Pal’s use of Linux

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.

He says:

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Small updates

The new GNOME development timeline is up; it predicts a GNOME 2.22 release on March 12. The GNOME entry has been updated accordingly.

The x86 merger has happened, so the miscellaneous topics page has been updated accordingly. While I was at it, I added an entry on KGDB - another attempt to get interactive debugger support into the mainline kernel.

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Good News for Linux Drivers

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.

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gcc 4.2.2

The user space page has been tweaked to reflect Tuesday’s release of of gcc 4.2.2. This is a minor release containing mostly bug fixes; nothing all that exciting to report.

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SMACK is a simplified mandatory access control module for Linux. It seems likely at this point that SMACK will have the honor of being the first such module to join SELinux in the mainline kernel. So I added an entry on the security page about it.

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The forecast page has been split up

A number of people remarked that the Linux Platform Weather Forecast had become rather too large to read comfortably on a single page. So I’ve split it up into several sub-sections. Most of the content is the same, though there are a couple of exceptions:

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September 27 updates

The “final -rc release” for 2.6.23 wasn’t, so point to -rc8. Added an entry on credential records. Added an entry on FS-Cache.
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Updates for September 24

A few tweaks today:

The current prepatch is 2.6.23-rc7 I changed the forecasts for 2.6.24 a bit; this is beginning to come a little more into focus as the merge window gets closer. Noted the timerfd() difficulties Made the timeframe for syslets more pessimistic. Added another article reference to the large block section.
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