I love a little hypocrisy and you can guarantee when a Microsoft article is discussed, there is usually quite a bit of it to throw about.

Over at this blog you can read how Microsoft tracks down copyright “pirates”.  There is some great stuff to be found in it including the methods Microsoft uses to show that a copy of its software.  There is also an article written here from PCmag which goes into the same detail.

This of course in itself is not news, but let us cast our minds back to around 2006, where Bill Gates said at Washington University:

Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, people don’t pay for the software. Someday they will, though, And as long as they’re going to steal it, we want them to steal ours. They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.

So it would appear what suited them in the past no longer suits them now.  Hypocrisy?

Linux usage grossly underestimated?

Depending on what mood you catch a Microsoft advocate in, depends on the % figure you get in relation to Linux usage, however a rather interesting article was written over on Infoworld.

In that article it states:

….5.14 percent of spam came from Linux machines, which is somewhat odd since Linux comprises about 1.03 percent of the operating system market

Now providing that figure is accurate, it raises an interesting question.  Before I look at those lets make something clear, an OS itself cannot be held responsible for the actions of its user otherwise Windows should be blamed for most of the piracy of movies,music etc on the BitTorrent.  A quick look reveals that most users are using Windows torrent clients, which would suggest the most damage to the entertainment industry is done by those using a Windows OS.

The interesting thing here is that it could suggest that Linux is more widely used than people are led to believe (and the figures given by the MS Faithful) As one user on Infoworld said:

It couldn’t be that the industry is, quite possibly intentionally, grossly underestimating Linux’s desktop market share, now could it?

I’ll let you decide, however next time you hear that Linux is “unproven” or a “hobbyist” OS with a 1% market share, remind the person that this unproven hobbyist OS was not only responsible for the rather profitable Avatar film, but also seems to be responsible for considerably more activity than a 1% market share would imply.  Of course on top of that you have government bodies (which we have covered here) switching to Linux, but then as the Microsoft faithful would say, it’s merely a 1% share… 😉

Surprising then that on the majority of tech forums this 1% is always visible, they must be a very busy 1%.

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com

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