Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Oct 2006 17:30 UTC, submitted by JCooper
SCO, Caldera, Unixware A declaration by SCO's backer, BayStar has revealed that the software Giant Microsoft had more links to the anti-Linux bad-boy. The declaration made by from BayStar general partner Larry Goldfarb has turned up as part of IBM's evidence to the court. Goldfarb says that Baystar had been chucking USD 50 million at SCO despite concerns that it had a high cash burn rate. He also claims that former Microsoft senior VP for corporate development and strategy Richard Emerson discussed "a variety of investment structures wherein Microsoft would 'backstop', or guarantee in some way, BayStar's investment". Thanks to The Inq for the summary.
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Those numbers have been debunked several times already. One is quarterly, and of course the worst possible quarter each year.

Salenumbers are especially low in Europe - possibly due to the increased adoption of free (gratis) Linux distributions. But then, Linux usage is somewhat larger in Europe than in USA. But of course, you've already stated that USA is the no.1 computer user (with no data to backup your claim), so the rest of the world doesn't matter to you, right?

Linux usage is increasing step by step. As the growth continues the relative market increase will naturally be smaller. No surprise about that. But it doesn't mean it's losing steam, or tanking or dying off.. just that the relative growth is getting smaller.

Windows usage is getting smaller in absolute numbers.. now that's true dying off ;)

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NotParker Member since:

Those numbers have been debunked several times already. One is quarterly, and of course the worst possible quarter each year.

Never debunked.

The numbers I posted were "year over year". Do you understand what that means?

"After 15 consecutive quarters of double-digit, year-over-year revenue growth, IDC reported that spending on Linux servers "moderated significantly", growing 6.1 per cent to $1.5bn when compared with the second quarter of 2005."

Translation for the brain dead Linux supporters: From Q2 2005 to Q2 2006 (a whole year) growth in sales of servers that run or will be running Linux slowed all the way to 6.1%.

3 years ago:

"Linux Server Growth is Nearly 50% Year-Over-Year

Linux server platforms posted a 49.8% growth in factory revenues, year-over-year, while unit shipments grew 51.4% year-over-year."

Edited 2006-10-10 03:54

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dylansmrjones Member since:

Oh dear, why bother?

You cannot possible count sales for a operating system with a cost of 0 $. There are NO SALES.

Comparing absolute numbers shows that Linux usage on the desktop has risen 10% relatively from september 2005 to september 2006 - that would be from Q3 2005 to Q3 2006, while Windows usage has declined with 1,5% relatively in the same period.

May be that the selling of more commercial linux distributions are flattening out, but that does not mean declining, but merely a flattened out increase, which is better than the declining windows sales.

You cannot subtract Carlsberg "beer" from a Microbreweri Honey Ale... it's like subtracting apples from bananas. If you've ever been in first grade, you should know that - (or have ever tasted a Honey Ale) ;)

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