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

05.18.09

Microsoft Unleashes the Gartner Group to Sabotage Migration to GNU/Linux in Europe

Posted in Europe, FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 5:54 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Gartner Group Comes to Microsoft’s Rescue, Again

Summary: Microsoft’s brigadier Michael Silver helps foil Europe’s migration to GNU/Linux, using lies

WHILE THE Web site was down (more details about it later) we had planned to publish what later on showed up on Slashdot. As it may seem like old news by now, we will take a somewhat unique angle on this and take a deeper look at those who are involved.

This whole thing began on Thursday night when Stefano Forenza got his hands on some really interesting documents, which he then translated into English before/whilst sharing the findings. The documents were not supposed to be seen in public because transparency is not truly a priority to those who are involved in heavy contracts where fairness is merely a luxury.

Here is what Stefano wrote.

An Italian EU deputy, Marco Cappato, had the guts to ask. The reply was they were basing on a study made in 2005. He asked to them to make it public, but his request was refused. Nobody believed he could get the EU to make it public. An well known Italian IT website even called that ‘a miracle‘.

I’m going no further, I’ll just translate Cappato’s post and attach here the document for the world to see. Up to you to judge how good it is.

(not that is that the document is still super-secret, but it has been disclosed very recently and I guess you won’t have many other chances to read it otherwise)

The following day it entered Slashdot’s front page and here is the story’s summary.

For 4 years MEP Marco Cappato tried to get access to the EU Council’s 2005 open source migration study because he is a member of a responsible IT oversight committee in the European Parliament. His repeated requests for access were denied. Now they have finally been answered because the Council’s study has escaped into the wild (PDF in French and English). Here is a quick look. It is embarrassing! Gartner, when asked if there were any mature public Linux installations in Europe, claimed that there were none. Michael Silver said, ‘I have not spoken to any sizable deployments of Linux on the desktop and only one or two StarOffice deployments.’ Gartner spread patent and TCO FUD. Also, the European Patent Office participated in the project, although it is not an EU institution.

The long discussion seen in Slashdot took place in many other sites. It’s truly fascinating, yet typical.

Let us go through some finer details which may or may not have been caught by eyewitnesses who saw this document.

As Stefano put it, the “title of a user comment on the news [is] ‘dirty pigs, just because it’s up to us citizen to pay’.” The original file [PDF] is in French and English. That, according to Stefano, is “the study the EU used to decide between Microsoft and FLOSS (a study they didn’t want to make public).”

It was not so long ago that we wrote about a study like this which the EU had shelved and we also saw American Microsoft lobbyists deviously invading an EU panel on Free/Open Source software to completely ruin the study which came out. There are other such examples. We are still in touch with the Commission about it [1, 2], but they keeps finding excuses and procrastinating. It’s truly comedy and they also violate transparency laws while using poor reasons to refuse or delay until the requester gives up.

Going back to Gartner, which we have proven to be corrupted by Microsoft [1, 2, 3], don’t the European diplomats know that Microsoft commissioned Gartner for anti-Linux studies, which we know about because we have the receipts? Asking Gartner about migration to GNU/Linux is like asking the Pope if one should convert to Islam.

“Next time they’ll ask IDC,” Stefano jokes, referring to another Microsoft-corrupted analysts firm [1, 2] (their affair with Microsoft lives on at this very moment).

Anyway, looking at the document, we find that it’s a familiar character in it. It’s the infamous pro-Microsoft Michael Silver [1, 2]. Yes, we saw him many times before. One should skip to page 25 (onwards) to find Microsoft is all over it and also take a look at page 33, which reveals nothing but Windows. In page 39, for example, they also mock GNU/Linux.

“That’s a document the EU didn’t want to disclose,” explains Stefano, “because disclosing may ‘compromise our business agreements with Microsoft’.” That’s according to the Italian man from the EU parliament — the man who fought the EU to disclose this study. Why was it done in secret anyway? Why was Microsoft involved? Well, now we know why.

Here are bits of the correspondence:

From: Silver,Michael [Michael.Silver at gartner.com]
Sent: lundi 14 février 2005 13:55
To: BIANCHESSI Pietro
Cc: Drakos,Nikos; MARIOTTI Jean-Marc (EP); TURPISZ Vincent (EP); LORA-TONET
Pierre (EP); DiMaio,Andrea; Heyneman,Christine
Subject: RE: references for site visit of OSS on workstations

Dear Mr. Bianchessi,
Thank you for your inquiry on desktop Linux and open source office products.
The organizations I mentioned in my presentation are in their infancy, if that, in their open source
desktop deployments. I have not spoken to any sizable deployments of Linux on the desktop and only
one or two StarOffice deployments. Here is the status of the ones you mentioned.
-City of Munich – in the planning phase
-City of Bergen (N) – this organization is not doing Linux desktop. I mentioned these people as an
example of the Linux hype. There was an erroneous press report and since then the CIO has been
trying to correct it, saying that they are doing servers, not Linux desktops.
-Allied Irish Bank – Sun and AIB put out a press release last year, but Sun informed me a few months
ago that AIB was not doing reference calls. You can ask your Sun representatives to connect you with
a reference.

-NSW RTA – This is another Sun reference, but they are only doing StarOffice, not Sun Java (Linux)
Desktop. Again, Sun should be able to connect you.
I continue to work with my colleague, Andrea DiMaio, to find references at these and other
government organizations. We will keep you in mind as we speak with other organizations that might
be appropriate references and ask their permission to give you their contact information. Unless I hear
otherwise, I will assume we are free to give them your information and ask them to contact you.
I would be happy to discuss your Linux desktop plans with you on an ongoing basis if you like and I
believe Ms. Heyneman can help you arrange a call with me. I recently spoke with a large bank that
had been seriously considering Linux for a large portion of their users but found that staying with
Windows would be less expensive. There may be other benefits that government organizations have
considered that companies cannot (like economic benefit) and we can discuss that, but I cannot share
this organization’s name or contact information at this time.

Regards,
Mike
Michael Silver
Vice President and Research Director
Gartner Hardware and Operating Systems
56 Top Gallant Road
Stamford, CT 06904
ph. 203 316 1200
fax 203 316 6560
hwos@gartner.com
Click Here for Gartner’s Latest Client Platforms Research

http://www3.gartner.com/research/focus_areas/asset_57051_815.jsp

From: BIANCHESSI Pietro [mailto:pbianchessi

Dear Mr. Silver,

recently I attended a Gartner presentation in Brussels by Nikos Drakon on OSS. I told him that at the
European Parliament we would be interested in visiting one or more sites where OSS workstations are
implemented on a large scale. He was kind enough to send me your presentation titled “Client OS and
Office: is Open Source in Your future?”. I find this presentation brilliant, and very useful.
At the European Parliament we often receive questions from Members on “why have we not migrated
our workstations to OSS?” and we are examining the possibilities. We definitely do not want to embark
in a migration without having verified that others have done it successfully before us, and that the
benefits would exceed the disadvantages. In this spirit, we would like to visit 2 or 3 successful sites, if
any exist.

We have a base of 11.000 PC’s (in the process of migrating from Win NT + Ofiice 97 to Win XP +
Office 2003).
The question is: can you help me obtaining the name and e-mail or adress of a contact person
in some of the main Organizations that have installed, and are working with, OSS workstations ?
I am thinking of the Organizations you quote in your slide:
-city of Munich
-city of Bergen (N)
-Allied Irish Bank
-NSW RTA
and others:
-Bundestag (Germany)
-Ville de Paris
-etc.

Regards
Pietro Bianchessi
head of Office Automation and IT support Division
SUTI – DIT (Parlement Européen)
tel 00352 4300 22185
fax 00352 4300 27108
email: pbianchessi@europarl.eu.int

On a purely factual level, Gartner is very wrong, but it is no surprise given the hypothesis delivered by the paying clients of Gartner, including Microsoft (Bill Gates is an investor in Gartner too). Regarding GNU/Linux deployments in Europe, how about French police? This success story alone boasts over 100,000 desktops/laptops running Ubuntu.

In other news, Gartner seems to be advertising Vista 7 after some negotiations with Microsoft regarding Windows Vista. Here is what they say:

The Gartner comments come with speculation rampant that Microsoft could ditch Vista in the wake of what appears to already be a groundswell of positive reviews from early users of Windows 7.

Like the bribed-for ones? As opposed to those whose reviewers got smeared for criticising [1, 2]?

One thing is for sure. We have just looked at 2 weeks of news about “Microsoft” (judging by the headlines). For “Windows 7″ we get 56 matches and for “Vista” just 8 matches. Microsoft is trying to prevent discussion about Vista and have people talk about vapourware instead.

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

A Single Comment

  1. twitter said,

    May 19, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Gravatar

    M$ has officially given up on Vista. Of course, it’s not because Windows 7 is ready or anything to crow about, it’s because Vista is a failure in every way. Windows 7 is Vista because Windows will always just be Windows. It’s always going to suck and M$ is always going to lie about it. Really. There is already evidence that Windows 7 is more DRM heavy than Vista was, benchmarks come back just as slow and it is still the same security failure every other version of Windows has been.

    It is long overdue for everyone else to give up on Windows. M$’s late 80′s OS monopoly and late 90′s office format monopoly are very stale and it’s time for them to go. Free software is superior in every way, from solid subsystems and hardware support to excellent graphical user interfaces and user documentation. The way M$ maintains it’s hold on the market has destroyed retail, software and OEM partners alike. Only M$ benefits from Windows.

What Else is New


  1. Links 20/1/2020: MNT Reform, Linux 5.5 RC7, KMyMoney 5.0.8

    Links for the day



  2. Mansion of Pedophilia – Addendum: Accessing and Assessing Court Documents

    How anyone out there can do the job the media failed to do (after an apparently unprecedented arrest at the home of Bill Gates)



  3. Mansion of Pedophilia – Addendum: Progress on Police Request

    9 updates from the police department of Seattle but still nothing material/concrete, only promises and major delays



  4. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, January 19, 2020

    IRC logs for Sunday, January 19, 2020



  5. Mansion of Pedophilia – Part VIII: More Than 4 Months of Waiting for Police Department to Send Over the Files They Claim to Have an Issue Opening

    The police department (PD) of Seattle is unable to open its own files about arrest for pedophilia at Bill Gates' home; it has been unable to open these files for several months, it claims...



  6. Starting a GNU Replacement for GitHub, Possibly Based on GitLab

    "It might be easier if we start from the GitLab software," Stallman said



  7. European Commission Pushes for Even Greater Patent Maximalism Instead of Rationality, Patent Zealots' Site Cherry-Picks China as Whipping Boy

    Fear of China is being leveraged to promote an agenda of patent maximalists; the general idea they promote is that granting millions of low-quality patents is the only way to compete, even if in reality that merely handicaps the whole market



  8. CRISPR Patents Disallowed, But Where Are the Journalists?

    The narrative surrounding last week's decision against CRISPR patents may have been virtually monopolised by the litigation think tanks and law firms; it certainly feels like no journalism is left to rebut them, fact-check, and introspect



  9. Links 19/1/2020: Wine 5.0 RC6, Alpine 3.11.3

    Links for the day



  10. Judges Reject EPO Patents on Life as Constitutional Complaints Against the EPO Pile Up in Germany

    EPO judges throw out patents on life (CRISPR at least); there's now growing hope that they'll have the courage to do the same to patents on software



  11. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, January 18, 2020

    IRC logs for Saturday, January 18, 2020



  12. StartPage (System1) Found New Spin Allies. Some Have Been Offered StartPage Jobs. Some Might Already be Working for StartPage in Secret.

    Pro-StartPage voices appear to be paid (or have been promised pay) by StartPage; the key strategy of StartPage seems to be, attack and betray people's privacy while paying people in particular positions to pretend otherwise



  13. IRC Proceedings: Friday, January 17, 2020

    IRC logs for Friday, January 17, 2020



  14. Links 18/1/2020: Mir 1.7 and GNU Guile 3.0.0

    Links for the day



  15. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, January 16, 2020

    IRC logs for Thursday, January 16, 2020



  16. Links 16/1/2020: Mozilla Layoffs, PinePhone Braveheart Shipping, KDE Plasma 5.18 LTS Reaches Beta

    Links for the day



  17. Microsoft is a Market Leader in Lying and Corruption

    Microsoft is working hard to describe itself as the exact opposite of what it is and what it has been; ‘Internet rot’ helps a lot with this agenda, not to mention control of the media (the narrative)



  18. The European Patent Organisation Continues to 'Piss All Over' Separation of Powers

    The EPO continues to scatter invalid patents (IPs) that are European Patents (EPs) all over Europe and nobody can stop this, not even the judges of the EPO because they lack independence (by their very own admission)



  19. Zealots of Team UPC (Patent Litigation) Now Attacking the Courts and the Judges, Removing Their Mask on the Face of Things...

    The tactics of Team UPC aren't changing, only the shamelessness associated with these tactics is changing (because it looks like the end of days to them)



  20. Microsoft Now Uses or Leverages Software Freedom Against Free Software

    A reader's explanation of what Microsoft is trying to accomplish with its so-called 'embrace' and what steps will come next (how they manifest themselves)



  21. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

    IRC logs for Wednesday, January 15, 2020



  22. Links 15/1/2020: CentOS Linux 8.1, Oracle VirtualBox 6.1.2 and GNU Sed 4.8

    Links for the day



  23. OSI Board at Microsoft: This is How Institutions Die or Completely Lose Their Purpose/Direction

    The photo (or meeting) may mark the turning point of the Openwashing as-a-Standard Initiative (OSI), which less than a year earlier took a bucket of money from Microsoft



  24. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    IRC logs for Tuesday, January 14, 2020



  25. When Microsoft's Actions Speak for Themselves (About Back Door Access)

    Unwittingly, people are being reminded of the 'special relationship' between Microsoft and the US Army (or government); The back doors or bug doors are still there, even 7 years after Edward Snowden's NSA leaks



  26. Why You -- Yes, You Too -- Should Consider Migrating to GNU/Linux

    The window is closing (and Windows/Vista 7 closing down); the chance to use machines that the users actually control is still there



  27. Can We Please Stop Lying for Microsoft in the Mainstream Media?

    Dishonesty for short-term financial gain (e.g. advertising money) will be a big loss in the long run. There’s a reason why so many news sites perish and Datamation (where I wrote more than a decade ago) now throws away remnants of reputation by spreading a big lie from Microsoft.



  28. It's Only Factual and Truthful to Point Out That About Half of the EPO's Management Committee Are From the President's Nation (and Many Are Underqualified Friends of His)

    The patent-granting extravaganza of what a reader and contributor of ours likes to call "Club Med" will result in great pain (not just for the Office but for Europe as a whole); pointing out who's to blame (the culprits) is an exercise in practicality



  29. Stranger Than Fiction: Team UPC's Mental Condition

    Team UPC's delusions continue to unmask UPC proponents (in 2020) as totally and entirely detached from reality



  30. Links 14/1/2020: IBM Joins LOT Network; X.Org Server 1.20.7, Tails 4.2.2 and Zanshin 0.5.71 Released

    Links for the day


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

Recent Posts