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 the following, somewhat ambiguous, statement.
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pro-something vs. bias
by st1ckyRice on Sat 11th Mar 2006 20:54 UTC in reply to "RE: No refutal offered. "
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Hello Thom,

While I agree with you that Groklaw is Pro-OSS, the world "biased" really doesn't apply to Groklaw. A reporter can be a Democrat or Republican, and he/she is entitled to express their pro-this or pro-that view in a commentary or column without having to be "biased". It is when they are reporting a factual news item that we expect them to withdraw their personal opinions, stay neutral and just give us the hard facts.

I have been reading Groklaw off and on and while Paula Jones indeed never shies away from showing her support for the F/OSS community, I have always liked the quality of her writing and her matter-of-factness.

When someone openly supports a cause, it doesn't make them biased. It's when they dismiss everything else, stretch the truth, or only tell the half-truth, that makes them biased. And that is not what Groklaw does.

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RE: pro-something vs. bias
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 11th Mar 2006 21:45 in reply to "pro-something vs. bias"
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While I agree with you that Groklaw is Pro-OSS, the world "biased" really doesn't apply to Groklaw.


"1) - prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair: there was evidence of bias against foreign applicants | the bias toward younger people in recruitment | [in sing.] a systematic bias in favor of the powerful.
- [in sing. ] a concentration on or interest in one particular area or subject: he worked on a variety of Greek topics, with a discernible bias toward philosophy."

So in essence, we're both right. Doesn't change my point though: just as it makes no sense to ask Aaron Siego which desktop env. he finds the best, there's also no sense in seeing Groklaw as an objective source on anything OSS vs. MS (in this case: Vista vs. Linux).

Groklaw does good work, don't get me wrong (I already said it a few times), but an unbiased newssource? No, I'm sorry.

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