EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

03.13.09

Novell is Feeding the Shills-for-Hire from IDC

Posted in Deception, Finance, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Novell at 3:12 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Pay-to-say Gillen et al return

Summary: Novell pays IDC for GNU/Linux studies, but it mistakenly feeds one of the most FOSS-hostile and corruptible groups out there

AL Gillen and his goons are showing up in the “Linux” news again. They were fed last year by the Linux Foundation and this time they are fed by Novell. Most of the time, however, they are fed by Microsoft and the proprietary software cartel. Wherever there is money, their opinion will naturally swing.

Welcome to the world of ‘analysis’, where money drives a CIO’s opinion which is based on so-called ‘whitepapers’. Microsoft puts it best when it says [PDF]:

“Analysts sell out – that’s their business model… But they are very concerned that they never look like they are selling out, so that makes them very prickly to work with.”

Another Microsoft analyst, Paul DeGroot from “Directions On Microsoft” said last year that “there’s a lot of Linux out there — much more than Microsoft generally signals publicly — and their customers are using it….”

“…Microsoft is paying IDC a lot of money to manufacture dirt against GNU/Linux.”Under certain circumstances, analysts are inclined to tell some truth, but truth does not drape one’s pocket. As we’ve shown before [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7], using very solid courtroom evidence, Microsoft is paying IDC a lot of money to manufacture dirt against GNU/Linux (c/f Analysts Cartel part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5). Comes exhibits show this too, so it is far from an empty allegation; it’s a substantiated fact and we urge readers to examine the evidence and reach their own conclusions.

As we explained back when IDC — headed by Al Gillen in this particular area — had thrown FUD at Free software, paying IDC is playing with fire (or fighting against fire using more fire). Whoever pays them the most will ‘win’, but the only big winner — in financial terms — is IDC, which uses its media platforms to promote Microsoft [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].

Anyway, regarding some new “Linux” survey that percolates through the news right now, bear this in mind:

Novell, the distributor of SUSE Linux Enterprise System, was the sponsor of the survey and made a draft of the IDC white paper available to InformationWeek today. But it had no role in selecting survey respondents, said Markus Rex, senior VP of Novell’s Open Platforms Solutions.

“Had no role,” eh? Would Novell have sponsored a study that is favourable to its competition? Was IDC expected to deliver results that flatter the prospective customer/s? Or choose methods and criteria that are favorable by design (not advantageous based on merit)?

“Do better, clean up inherently-unethical and corruptible systems.”Questionnaires from Novell are shamelessly ‘cooked’, as evidenced two years ago. Microsoft too has used IDC to inquire with a highly-biased populations regarding GNU/Linux, thus knowing what answers to expect. There are other, more recent examples like push polling.

This probably all begs the question, how to improve rather than just complain? What to do other than to fund?

Expose.

Refuse to play the corrupt game. Do better, clean up inherently-unethical and corruptible systems. IDC is part of this system and by funding it, Novell gives this group credibility which it does not deserve. For Novell, to dismiss IDC studies while paying the very same group is not just hypocritical; it’s dangerous and it is almost uncanny.

GNU father
Freedom is about truthfulness and
honesty, not cartels and ‘junk science’

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

3 Comments

  1. JohnD said,

    March 14, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Gravatar

    I just found the IDC link on my own and I’m confused at your position on the survey. From what I can see it’s showing that Linux has great potential to come out of the downturn in a better position than before – how is that bad? I also did not see evidence promoting Novell and/or M$ over anyone else – in fact RedHat is mentioned.
    I’m not trying to debate IDC’s ethics, or lack there of, I just see the survey as positive for Linux in general.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    March 14, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Gravatar

    John,

    Yes, that’s because Novell paid for it. As the headline and subheadline suggest, IDC doesn’t exactly do independent studies. It produces compliments for a cheque.

  3. JohnD said,

    March 14, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Gravatar

    While I hate statistics and firmly believe they can be manipulated to support any position – in this I’d question how much influence Novell could exert over respondent’s answers. They are either using Linux or they aren’t. Even if you work the survey to focus on those who are already using Linux or have plans too – the end result is that it’s in the enterprise and they have plans to use more of it. While it’s unclear which side will lose more Unix or Windows – it seems Linux will do better. I also think any attempt to spin this as a plus for M$ would be quite a stretch. Let’s be honest you’ve been using RH fiscal numbers in an attempt to prove various points – yet it’s unclear how much of RH revenue is driven by supporting Windows based solutions.
    Aren’t well all guilty of spin?

What Else is New


  1. Links 19/4/2015: New KaOS (2015.04), Manjaro Linux 0.8.13 Pre1

    Links for the day



  2. Links 18/4/2015: ExTiX 15.2, RaspArch

    Links for the day



  3. Microsoft Tired of Pretending to be Nice to Free/Open Source Software (FOSS), Microsoft 'Open' Technologies Dumped

    Microsoft dumps its proxy (misleadingly named 'Open Tech') and other attacks on Free software persist from the inside, often through so-called 'experts' whose agenda is to sell proprietary software



  4. More Translations of French Article About the EPO

    German and Dutch translations of the Le Monde article are now available



  5. Links 17/4/2015: Wipro and the Netherlands Want FOSS

    Links for the day



  6. Microsoft's Multi-Dimensional Assault on Android/Linux: Extortion, Lobbying of Regulators, and Bribes

    Microsoft's vicious war on Linux (and Android in its current incarnation) takes more sophisticated -- albeit illegal (as per the RICO Act) -- forms



  7. Microsoft's Plot to Associate Windows with 'Open Source' is Proving Effective, Despite Being Just a Big Lie

    A look at the latest headlines which can lead to a false perception that Microsoft is now in bed with 'Open Source'



  8. Microsoft Windows Remotely Crashed, Remotely Hijacked, But Still No Logo and No Branding for the Bugs

    Windows maintains its reputation as a back doors haven, but the media is still not highlighting the severity of this issue, instead focusing on accidental bugs in Free software, even very old (and already fixed) bugs



  9. Black Duck's Latest Self-Promotional Propaganda (for Proprietary Software) Still Fools Journalists

    Under the traditionally misleading title "Future of Open Source" Black Duck expresses its desire for proprietary software sales, salivating over fearful managers who may get bamboozled into buying the patents-'protected' Black Duck 'product'



  10. Links 16/4/2015: Opera for 32-bit GNU/Linux, New Chromebook Site

    Links for the day



  11. Links 15/4/2015: Plasma 5.3 Beta, Docker's New Funding

    Links for the day



  12. Microsoft is Still Googlebombing the Term Open Source and Fooling Politicians Who Now Think Microsoft is Open Source

    Microsoft's attempt to assimilate (to confuse) bears some fruit and the Microsoft-linked media plays a considerable role in it



  13. Back Doors/Bug Doors in All Versions of Microsoft Windows Need a Name, a Logo, and Branding Too

    All versions of Microsoft Windows are found to have been insecure since 1997, but the bug responsible for this is not named as candidate for back door access, let alone named (with logo and marketing) like far less severe bugs in Free/libre software such as OpenSSL



  14. OnePlus (or OnePlus Customers) Should Wipe CyanogenMod From Existing Devices and Install Something Else

    A call for OnePlus to reconsider any future updates from Microsoft's Trojan horse, Cyanogen



  15. Links 14/4/2015: 3DR Dronecode, Z1/Z2 Tizen

    Links for the day



  16. Links 13/4/2015: Linux 4.0 Released; A Look at Antergos 2015.04.12

    Links for the day



  17. EFF Uses Alice v. CLS Bank Case to Pressure USPTO to Halt Software Patenting

    A look at recent patent policies and actions from the EFF, as well as increasing secrecy at the USPTO



  18. No, Panasonic Did Not Open-Source Anything (Another Example of Openwashing for PR)

    A dissection of media deception (or media being bamboozled) regarding the act of promising not to sue using patents, which in no way relates to Free/Open Source software



  19. Yes, Software Patents Are Dying, But Media Continues to Be Dominated by Those Denying it For a Salary

    The debate about software patents in this post-Alice era parallels the Net neutrality debate, where voices of people with vested interests contribute to confusion and meddle with largely-accepted views/consensus



  20. Links 12/4/2015: Linux 4.0 Imminent, Semplice 7 Reviewed

    Links for the day



  21. GNU/Linux is Crushing Windows, So Microsoft Leaps Ahead to X+2 Vapourware (Two Versions Ahead Into the Future)

    Microsoft continues to pile up bogus claims and empty promises in an effort to stall migrations to GNU/Linux



  22. The ITC's and US Media's Surprisingly Soft Treatment of Patent Bully Apple

    Despite Apple's history of initiating patent aggression against its competition (mostly Android-backing companies), the US corporate media treats Apple like a victim



  23. Microsoft Continues to Attack (and Tax) Linux Using Software Patents

    Microsoft stabs Linux in the back while it continues to insist that it 'loves' Linux



  24. European Unitary Patent Decision Due 5th of May

    The meta-industry of patent protectionism is debating and pushing forth the Unitary Patent Court, with or without endorsement from the European public



  25. Microsoft is Still Googlebombing 'Open Source'

    Microsoft's massive campaign of deception, obfuscation and misuse of the "Open Source" brand is still on, even a week after it was cleverly started by Condé Nast



  26. Links 11/4/2015: elementary OS Freya, Mageia 5 on the Way

    Links for the day



  27. Links 10/4/2015: Linux 4.0 Imminent, ZFS On Linux Improved

    Links for the day



  28. New Article Chronicles Suicides and Nervous Breakdowns at the EPO Due to the Management's Abuses

    Article from Le Monde translated into English



  29. Links 9/4/2015: SalentOS, Semplice Releases

    Links for the day



  30. The EPO is Becoming More Like the USPTO Under Benoît Battistelli's Greed-Driven Reign

    Recent articles about the EPO and the Unitary Patent are bundled together to highlight truly disturbing developments whereby those in power beget power through instruments of state-sanctioned power, such as the EPO (stateless entity within a continent-wide 'island')


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts