Questions Dog Microsoft on Linux Studies
Some researchers are questioning whether to tout vendor-commissioned studies. But that's not stopping Microsoft from relying on them in its war against open source.Some researchers are questioning whether to tout vendor-commissioned studies. But thats not stopping Microsoft from relying on them in its war against open source. Martin Taylor, Microsoft platform strategist, is undaunted and unbowed. On Tuesday, Taylor and his team released the findings of yet another study commissioned by Microsoft that is intended to help the company in its fight against Linux and open-source software. This time, the study designed to compare the deployment time required by Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 vs. Red Hat Linux Enterprise Server 2.1 was performed by long-time Microsoft certification and test partner Veritest, a division of Lionbridge Technologies Inc. Not surprisingly, Microsoft triumphs in the October report. What is surprising is Microsofts timing in deciding to go public with the Veritest results. At the end of last week, Forrester Research, a Cambridge, Mass.-based market researcher, issued a statement expressing regret for its decision to allow Microsoft to publicize the results of a .Net/Windows vs. J2EE/Unix study that the researcher performed under contract with Microsoft.
ZIFFIMAGE id="28571" notable nopopup nocaption align="center">Interested in the Microsoft-Backed Forrester Study?