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Quick Mention: More on IDC as “Gun for Hire”

Summary: Reporter calls IDC a “gun for hire”

SOME days ago we wrote about an InformationWeek 'exclusive' where Novell took the role of feeding the liars from IDC, who will say whatever is required in exchange for a payment. All the references are already there to support these strong claims about IDC, even using court documents. ITWire has this new article which more or less agrees with ours.

The conclusion reached by IDC is quite simple: companies that are already using Linux are deploying more of the free operating system as times become tough. Period. Even a gun for hire cannot come up with something more pleasing to the ears of the sponsor of a survey.

[...]

Here's IDC again: "The economic downturn of 2009 will be a demarcation line that is likely to highlight an acceleration toward adoption of standardized (sic) architecture across the industry. The standardization (sic) layers will include standardized (sic) blade chassis, x86 servers, Linux, and virtualization (sic) software."

But this was exactly what has been happening ever since the start of the millennium. Linux on commodity hardware has been dominating the server space - we don't need IDC to tell us that. The trend has never varied.

So where is the story?


Yes, it's very nice to know that GNU/Linux succeeds, but it needn't be heard from the Microsoft puppet which is IDC, in exchange for payments. Many articles that covered this story totally missed this crucial detail, maybe innocently and maybe by choice.

“Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux...”

--Steve Ballmer (September 2008)



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