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[News] [Linux] iPhone Gets Linux-ish Apps, IDC Pleases Its Primary Paymaster

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Roy Schestowitz

Jun 20, 2007, 7:44:46 AM6/20/07

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| WebShell is a web-based shell for the Apple iPhone.
| It is written in Python and is very easy to set up on Linux, Mac OS X,
| FreeBSD, Solaris, and any Unix that runs python2.3.

Has IDC got the wrong number for iPhone?

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| IDC has poured cold water on Apple's iPhone just days after a previous survey
| led M:Metrics to talk up the new entry to the cellphone stakes. But are the
| new numbers sound?
| [...]
| The most obvious difference is in the sample size. M:Metrics had
| 11,060 respondents, IDC just 456. The sample space was also different,
| with M:Metrics apparently sampling from mobile phone subscribers, while
| IDC looked at online mobile phone shoppers.

This shows just how they tweak things by selecting a different (and small)
dataset. Microsoft did this with a professor in order to discredit GPLv3
recently. Only about 11% of the respondents were taken into account.

IDC does a lot of business with Microsoft, including some of those
TCO 'studies', AFAIK.


IDC pronounces Linux unimportant to European economy

NY Times bans Microsoft analysts from Microsoft stories

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| Part of the problem stems from the reticence of companies such as
| IDC and Gartner to reveal their clients. That should make everyone
| nervous, but it doesn't. So called objective technology publications
| keep publishing material bought by vendors without telling you this.

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