Archive | January 28, 2004

Microsoft-Funded Linux Studies Benefit … Microsoft

Slashdot references a Seattle PI newspaper article concluding… Microsoft-Funded Linux Studies Benefit … Microsoft

I think the real crime here, and all computer companies do it, is not the sponsoring of the studies. It’s the setup: carefully crafting a comparison so it looks fair to those not carefully analyzing it, and then trumpeting the results as if they apply to all situations. Slashdot poster cite one of the silliest ones: that a cluster of Windows machines is a cheaper web server than a Linux-based mainframe. Well, duh. C’mon, guys, you can do a better job of appearing to play fairly than that! That’s pitiful.

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