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“Independent” Studies... It's Baaack

"Independent, yet sponsored"

Time after time we've warned that Microsoft's involvement in 'open source' would prove detrimental to Free software [1, 2]. One company of a ex-Microsoft employee spreads FUD while another company that houses former Softies uses and advocates Mono. Here is another one, Ohloh, which was founded by Microsoft people and tends to attract like-minded folks. In the following post, which is probably shared lacking background of the parties involved, an impression is given that everything but C# is declining.



I came across my name in a site called Ohloh. I remember it coming out a few years ago. Now it has had time to really get going, I thought it was about time that I review the site here.


Watch the Web page. These are some very bad charts to show. They are population-biased.

So, former Microsoft employees entered the FOSS world and they now publish 'studies' (or at least charts) about C# beating everything. For insight incorporating more comprehensive studies, one must consider recent results like:



There's some similar stuff in the news, which reader 'twitter' brought to our attention.

We previously explained why it's hard to trust academic work covering Free software. It is sometimes funded by Microsoft (e.g. anti-GPLv3 'studies'), which also uses academic kickbacks. There are other equally-appalling things that Microsoft does on campus, so the following -- although evidence is missing -- raised a brow.

Stanford and Harvard teach businesses how to squash open source



[...]

It's nice to see that $48,921 in Stanford MBA tuition going to a such a worthy cause.

More intriguingly, despite open source's still-small market share relative to the Microsofts and Oracles of the world, it's surely meaningful that professors from the world's elite business institutions are turning their attention to figuring out how to beat open source. If it weren't a threat, there would be no market for research like this.


Who is funding this thing? It's probably innocent, but anything that harms Free(dom) software and serves an exploiter is conspicuous, particularly due to precedence. Remember money and tables.

"Microsoft did sponsor the benchmark testing and the NT server was better tuned than the Linux one. Having said that, I must say that I still trust the Windows NT server would have outperformed the Linux one."

--Windows platform manager, Microsoft South-Africa
Reference: Outrage at Microsoft’s independent, yet sponsored NT 4.0/Linux research

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