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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dylansmrjones
Member since:
2005-10-02

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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NotParker Member since:
2006-06-01

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

Are you saying no one is using Linux? Or are you saying no one is buying a server with the intention of running Linux on it?

You can argue with IDC about their methodology if you wish. Here is the webpage to start with: http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=IDC_P348

Linux is petering out. Live with it.

"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."

http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2162847/demand-linux-servers-slow.....

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%.

2003?

http://www.linuxelectrons.com/News/Hardware/20031126074316506

"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."

Compared to 2004 and 2005 this massive drop to 6.1% shows Linux server growth is petering out ... losing steam ... tanking.

2004?

"Year-over-year, Linux servers showed 56.9 percent growth with a 46.4 percent unit shipment rate increase."

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/34199.html

2005?

"Linux servers posted their 12th consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, with year-over-year revenue growth of 45.1% and unit shipments up 32.1%. Customers continue to expand the role of Linux servers into an ever increasing array of workloads in both the commercial and technical segments of the market."

http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS00223005

Edited 2006-10-10 15:43

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Are you saying no one is using Linux? Or are you saying no one is buying a server with the intention of running Linux on it?

No no no. I'm just saying that people don't BUY Linux. They download it for free - also for server usage.

You are misinterpreting good statistics from IDC and others, comparing apples with bananas.

No decent engineer would ever do what you're doing with those statistics right now.

As Linux usage increases, the relative growth will decline somewhat since Linux usage cannot grow exponentially for all eternity. The lower growth rate is excpected, and perfectly normal. It doesn't mean Linux is petering out, or is disappearing from servers.

That is a misinterpretion of data.

Fact is that Linux usage on the DESKTOP has increased with 10% from Q3 2005 to Q3 2006 while Windows usage has declined with 1,5% in the same period (relative numbers).

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