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Why Linux Marketshare Stats Are Wrong

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Every few months, new statistics about Linux users on desktop platform come out. The methodologies used for each one varies according to its provider. However, they all share one thing: Being wrong.

Measuring number of users who use a certain operating system on desktop is totally different thing from servers or other devices. E.g for web servers, you may have a list of static IP addresses which you can analyze and try to reach. You may check hosting companies or huge enterprises for additional data. Lot of methodologies can be used.

However, for desktop. It seems like most statistics providers don’t have any scientific methodology to rely on so far. What they depend on is that they try to make partnerships with some famous advertising networks (which include thousands of websites) and try to analyze the visitors of those websites to provide them with data.

Such methodology is so far from being accurate. This article tells you why.

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Stats [From Microsoft-Connected Firm] Say Linux Marketshare Hit All-Time High Last Month

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Desktop Linux marketshare hit an all-time high last month, according to the latest data from web analytics firm NetMarketShare.

The company report that Linux users made up 2.36% of tracked visits to websites it tracks last month, the highest the Linux figure has ever been.

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Microsoft is laying off ‘thousands’ of staff in a major global sales reorganization

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Microsoft is poised to layoff thousands of employees worldwide in a move to reorganize its salesforce.

A source with knowledge of the planned downsizing told TechCrunch that the U.S. firm would lay off “thousands” of staff across the world. The restructuring is set to include an organizational merger that involves its enterprise customer unit and one or more of its SME-focused divisions. The changes are set to be announced this coming week, we understand.

Microsoft declined to comment.

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Also: Browser market share reports emphasize that Microsoft Edge just isn't good enough for users

Openwashing of Arduino, Microsoft, and LinkedIn (Still Proprietary to the Core)

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Wikileaks CIA Leak on "geo-location malware for WiFi-enabled ... Microsoft Windows"

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  • Elsa

    Today, June 28th 2017, WikiLeaks publishes documents from the ELSA project of the CIA. ELSA is a geo-location malware for WiFi-enabled devices like laptops running the Microsoft Windows operating system. Once persistently installed on a target machine using separate CIA exploits, the malware scans visible WiFi access points and records the ESS identifier, MAC address and signal strength at regular intervals. To perform the data collection the target machine does not have to be online or connected to an access point; it only needs to be running with an enabled WiFi device. If it is connected to the internet, the malware automatically tries to use public geo-location databases from Google or Microsoft to resolve the position of the device and stores the longitude and latitude data along with the timestamp. The collected access point/geo-location information is stored in encrypted form on the device for later exfiltration. The malware itself does not beacon this data to a CIA back-end; instead the operator must actively retrieve the log file from the device - again using separate CIA exploits and backdoors.

    The ELSA project allows the customization of the implant to match the target environment and operational objectives like sampling interval, maximum size of the logfile and invocation/persistence method. Additional back-end software (again using public geo-location databases from Google and Microsoft) converts unprocessed access point information from exfiltrated logfiles to geo-location data to create a tracking profile of the target device.

Companies That Exploit FOSS in an Effort to Look "Open" (While Remaining Wholly Proprietary)

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  • Windows 10: Now SUSE Linux comes to Windows Store for Insiders
  • openSUSE Leap 42 And SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Finally Come To Windows Store
  • VMware’s profile in wireless rises as operators move toward virtualization [Ed: openwashing of proprietary giant and GPL violator]

    But one of the misconceptions VMware is often faced with is the idea that there’s an open architecture out there that competes with VMware. Case in point: OpenStack is often pointed out as competition for VMware, when in fact, “that is not true,” Ayyar told FierceWirelessTech.

    [...]

    The short answer is “no,” it does not compete with open source. It does have proprietary components to its architecture that it monetizes as part of a full solution set, but, Ayyar contends, it actually ends up being the way service providers want it because there are areas where they don’t necessarily want to go in and create code from scratch or rely on the open source system at large.

  • SalesAgility launches SuiteASSURED, the world's first warrantied open source CRM [Ed: Another FOSS FUD firm like Black Duck seems to have emerged.]

    SuiteASSURED is the world's first assured and warrantied open source CRM. It offers protections and guarantees more usually associated with proprietary software while maintaining the quality, freedoms and innovations of open source software. SuiteASSURED provides assurances that include indemnifications in case of IP issues, and warranties for the performance, security and reliability of the software.

    For compliance driven organisations such as financial services and healthcare, open source can be a challenge to adopt because of the explicit lack of warranties and indemnities in most open source licences. SuiteASSURED is a game changer for such organisations. It enables faster innovation at greatly reduced costs as well as contractual guarantees more usually associated with proprietary vendors.

Microsoft Breaches and Their Impact

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Microsoft Openwashing and Spin

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Microsoft Dirty Tricks and Entryism

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Security: Updates, 2017 Linux Security Summit, Software Updates for Embedded Linux and More

  • Security updates for Tuesday
  • The 2017 Linux Security Summit
    The past Thursday and Friday was the 2017 Linux Security Summit, and once again I think it was a great success. A round of thanks to James Morris for leading the effort, the program committee for selecting a solid set of talks (we saw a big increase in submissions this year), the presenters, the attendees, the Linux Foundation, and our sponsor - thank you all! Unfortunately we don't have recordings of the talks, but I've included my notes on each of the presentations below. I've also included links to the slides, but not all of the slides were available at the time of writing; check the LSS 2017 slide archive for updates.
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