DiDio drama underscores difficulty tracking open source

"There's an extremist fringe of Linux loonies who hang out on forums and are disrespectful and threatening because you disagree with them" Laura DiDio, an analyst at the Yankee Group has been under attack by critics in the Linux community who say that the researcher's surveys comparing Linux and Microsoft Windows are biased in favor of Redmond. As a rule of thumb, any comparative report from the analyst community that involves open source software should be met withsome degree of uncertainty.

"There's an extremist fringe of Linux loonies who hang out on forums and are disrespectful and threatening because you disagree with them"

Laura DiDio, an analyst at the Yankee Group has been under attack by critics in the Linux community who say that the researcher's surveys comparing Linux and Microsoft Windows are biased in favor of Redmond.

As a rule of thumb, any comparative report from the analyst community that involves open source software should be met withsome degree of uncertainty. A recent article, An analyst talks about analysts' open source coverage, reveals the difficulty IDC has tracking Linux deploymentsfor as well asthe lack of sponsorship to fund open source software studies.

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