Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 11th Mar 2006 16:59 UTC, submitted by Richard Kottmeyer
IBM IBM Germany has refuted a Groklaw report that the division has decided to migrate Windows desktops to Linux rather than upgrade them to Vista. Groklaw's story was based on statements reportedly made by an IBM sales executive in a presentation at LinuxForum 2006. This morning, Hans Rehm, of IBM Germany's Press Relations department, emailed DesktopLinux.com the following, somewhat ambiguous, statement.
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RE: IBM ... Alternative desktop
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 11th Mar 2006 18:53 UTC in reply to "IBM ... Alternative desktop"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

GrokLaw is no more reliable than this site or any other for that matter.

Groklaw has the same problems that most Apple sites have: utterly, utterly, utterly, utterly biased.

Don't compare such a biased (note how I do not say 'bad') website to a balanced place like OSNews. They're in two completely different leagues.

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hal2k1 Member since:
2005-11-11

"Groklaw has the same problems that most Apple sites have: utterly, utterly, utterly, utterly biased.

Don't compare such a biased (note how I do not say 'bad') website to a balanced place like OSNews. They're in two completely different leagues."

I'm sorry Thom, but you have utterly the wrong take here.

For example, OSNews once published a story (I think it may even have been you who linked to it) that claimed that the Linux names for applications were less intuitive for "newbies" than the names in Windows.

People pointed out that even in the screenshot of the original author, that the Linux menus had a system of context cues that the equivalent Windows menus completely lack.

For example - to view a PDF file on my Linux installation the route through the menus is:
MenuButton->Office->Publishing->PDF viewer (KPDF).

For my Windows installation on the same machine:
Start->Programs->Adobe->Acrobat Reader.

The Linux menus are clearly far easier for any newbie to find the right application.

This was pointed out on OSNews in the comments.

There was no retraction by OSNews of the "utterly, utterly, utterly, utterly biased" original article.

Edited 2006-03-12 10:30

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

There was no retraction by OSNews of the "utterly, utterly, utterly, utterly biased" original article.

Of course not. That is why we publish articles by pro-Linux people too. THAT is what is called being 'un-biased'-- you shine a light on BOTH sides of an isssue-- not just one side like Groklaw is usually doing.

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

The Linux menus are clearly far easier for any newbie to find the right application. I know this is probably going to come as a shock but ... just because you and a bunch of your friends disagree with an article, that has no bearing on its objectivity. Groklaw is indeed utterly biased in favor of OSS. You might be able to prove otherwise if you could provide evidence of Groklaw articles whose primary thesis is opposition to OSS. But you're not going to find that; hence, the taint of bias.

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