EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

01.08.09

Microsoft’s Highly Confidential GNU/Linux Share Figures (2003)

Posted in Antitrust, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 9:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Antitrust exhibit unleashed

According to Microsoft’s own intelligence, almost 20% of the organisations in Brazil intended to move to GNU/Linux in 2003. Is that why Microsoft sends lackeys over there [1, 2]?

Microsoft calls this “Linux Heat Map.” It pretty much contradicts claims that Microsoft is not bothered by desktop GNU/Linux.

Linux heat map
View large image
View the original PDF

That’s Microsoft own estimation and that’s just for desktops in 2003. GNU/Linux has gained a lot since.

“[If I ask you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?] Open…Linux. I don’t want to say open source. Linux, certainly have to go with that.”

Steve Ballmer (Microsoft’s CEO), February 28th, 2008

Update: Here it is in ODF format, thanks to a reader who transcribed it by hand. Some of the numbers were hard to make out, so the reader would not claim 100% accuracy.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

19 Comments

  1. Dan O'Brian said,

    January 8, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Gravatar

    It pretty much contradicts claims that Microsoft is not bothered by desktop GNU/Linux.

    Where does it show that Brazil is moving to Linux on the desktop?

    It might be true, I don’t know, but the “proof” you supplied does not show that at all. It just says Linux (which could just as easily be on servers or some mix).

    The 20% you mentioned for Brazil is also just percentage of businesses evaluating-or-deploying Linux, just wanted to be clear that it isn’t the percentage of businesses actually running Linux (which is nearer to 0.4% to 4%, depending on the business size).

    It should also be noted that these figures don’t tell us how many of the servers/desktops at these businesses run Linux. For all we know, it could just be 1 machine or it could be all of them (or anywhere in between).

  2. Dan O'Brian said,

    January 8, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Gravatar

    The 20% you mentioned for Brazil is also just percentage of small/medium sized businesses.

    Although, to be fair, there is a good percentage of other sized businesses evaluating Linux as well.

    (MidMarket: 26.6% and Enterprise: 13%)

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 8, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Gravatar

    “Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux…”

    Steve Ballmer (September 2008)

  4. Dan O'Brian said,

    January 8, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Gravatar

    And… that refutes my comments, how, exactly?

  5. Dan O'Brian said,

    January 8, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Gravatar

    In case it still hasn’t sunk in yet, my point is that this data sheet taken completely out of context (which it is), is useless for drawing any meaningful conclusions about how badly Linux is eating into Microsoft’s install-base (on either servers or desktops).

  6. twitter said,

    January 8, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Gravatar

    Dan, it’s hard to parse the phrase “primary OS” as anything but desktop OS, unless M$ recommends dual booted servers. Besides that, Windows on the desktop is where M$’s big money comes from. Servers to them are more of a way to keep that lock in than they are a source of revenue. The figures have only gotten worse for them since the Vista Failure.

  7. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 8, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Gravatar

    Dan,

    I’ve been busy doing something else while you carried on spewing your usual heckles.

    If you hate this site so much, read another site.

  8. Dan O'Brian said,

    January 8, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Gravatar

    twitter: I don’t think Primary OS means desktop, necessarily.

    However, after re-examining the sheet it seems I was missing the “% Organizations that will Change Primary OS to Linux” row which is the row that had 19%, 26.6%, 13% (which I mistakenly noted in a previous comment as being from the “Evaluating…” row).

    Phrased like that, I would suspect that “Primary OS” likely means that the businesses are planning on installing Linux on a majority of the machines they have – hence “Primary OS”. I doubt they are talking about dual-booting here.

    So it’s a bit clearer than I had originally read, but we still don’t know how many of those businesses actually stuck with Linux (I remember a lot of businesses at that time making a big fuss about switching to Linux only to later discover that their purpose was to get a cheaper price from Microsoft).

  9. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 8, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Gravatar

    I should have the text soon.

  10. Dan O'Brian said,

    January 8, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Gravatar

    Roy: “the text” as in the rest of the context that this chart was meant to be viewed with?

    If so, could you consider, in the future, posting these sorts of things in the same article rather than posting the chart alone and then the context in a later article?

    I think it would help everyone (including yourself).

  11. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 8, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Gravatar

    I’ll modify this one as I go along.

  12. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 8, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Gravatar

    Okay, ODF-formatted sheet added.

  13. Master Myztry said,

    January 8, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Gravatar

    Virtualization and Terminal Services will be important in the transition.
    A lot of the original Windows boxes commonly had a Telnet connection to the existing mainframe software.
    In situations where Linux is rising, Windows becomes like the (legacy) mainframe. Thus the overlap of Operating Systems.

  14. AlexH said,

    January 8, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Gravatar

    It would be interesting to compare Microsoft’s numbers with other people’s. I doubt Microsoft is gathering these numbers directly; it would be interesting to see who they trust (since this is effectively competitor analysis).

  15. twitter said,

    January 8, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Gravatar

    Dan, there are some very good public indicators of where things have gone since M$ made this chart. Especially telling is the US market, which was one of the lowest GNU/Linux adaptors at the time. As early as July 2007, a Patchlink study of 250 businesses found GNU/Linux migration plans up from 2% to 8%. By November more than 40% of IT pros had plans to leave Windows in the next year. In April of 2008, Gartner declared the collapse of Windows. At the same time more commercial developers had switched to GNU/Linux than Vista. By the end of the year both large and small businesses were planning to skip Vista, leaving OSX and GNU/Linux to take up the slack. I have not seen recent numbers but they have to look worse for M$ – the only thing the company had going for them was a set of inferior defacto standards. With both large business and government looking to get away from those standards, that advantage is nullified.

  16. zeke123 said,

    February 4, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Gravatar

    You had a few links to Brazil yesterday like:
    http://ostatic.com/blog/brazilian-ministry-of-education-embraces-open-source-in-a-big-way

    and I just found in my links this April post from KDE developer Mauricio Piacentini:
    http://piacentini.livejournal.com/7871.html

    50,000,000 brazilian students will be using KDE based Gnu-Linux distros once their project is completed by the end of this year.
    Yeah, these are not buyers but users which is an important distinction.

    I travelled to Brazil in 2006 and Venezuela in 2008 and got to learn a lot about the Brazilan recycling programs for old hardware for the favelas. Both countries have a rich upper class and a huge dirt poor population although Venezuela is light years ahead in terms of accessibility to education (imagine the nerve of that bastard Chavez giving medical and dental care to the 75% of the population which has never seen a dentist or doctor).
    Gnu-Linux is an important component when it comes to recycling old and still usable hardware and their purchases of new equipment is overwhelmingly penguinlike.
    Most importantly the Brazilian FLOSS community is huge and vibrant and recognizes the importance of collaboration and controlling their own destiny.

    I would say that the Brazilian Gnu-Linux deployments are the largest anywhere on the planet and its community one of the strongest. Of course, in the anglophone world, it might as well be invisible.

  17. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 4, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Gravatar

    We have a regular contributor here from Brazil. The Linux mindshare (and market share) over there is high.

  18. David Gargan said,

    February 19, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Gravatar

    I am very interested in the topic of market share of MS vs Open Source in Brasil. I am thinking of moving to Brasil shortly and was considering on how to leverage my IT skills in that market.
    I am currently a Livelink consultant with most of that experience on Windows (I am MCSE NT4) though I do have some exposure to Sun OS (Solaris 7).
    Should I be considering becoming more proficient at the Open Source or is MS making enough progress in Brasil that I may find opportunities by cerifying at the newer MSCE levels?

    Thanks inadvance, I would really like to get in contact with your Brazilian contributor (Eu falo Portugues).

  19. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Gravatar

    David,

    There are many videos right here that you may find informative. These includes chats with people who provide GNU/Linux training in Brazil. Let me know if you need more resources.

What Else is New


  1. Links 23/5/2015: Fedora 22 to May 26th, Netflix in SteamOS

    Links for the day



  2. The Patents Production 'Industry' (Patent Lawyers) Still Fights Hard to Salvage Software Patents

    A review of recent writings about software patents and patents on business methods in the United States, demonstrating that patent lawyers have gotten very vocal and sneaky (trying to evade the rules)



  3. Patents as a Marketing Strategy: USPTO Now Part of the Advertising Industry

    The existence of publicity patents, or patents whose sole purpose is to advertise some products, serves to discredit the US patent office, which was originally set up to promote science and technology



  4. Microsoft Blackmails and Extorts British Politicians Over Open Standards and Free Software-Leaning Policies

    Microsoft's digital imperialism in the UK getting defended using blackmail, reminding a lot of Brits that Microsoft is just as evil as ever before



  5. Microsoft Gives Another Bug a Name, This Time Logjam™

    The Microsoft crowd is good only at marketing, even when it comes to small bugs in software



  6. Links 22/5/2015: Fedora 22 Final Release is Near, Canonical IPO Considered

    Links for the day



  7. More Utter Shame Unveiled at Battistelli's EPO: Intimidation Tactics With Help From 'Control Risks'

    The unaccountable thugs who run the EPO have hired London-based spooks to help silence their opposition and their critics



  8. GNU/Linux Still Under Attack From Apple and Microsoft, Patents Remain the Weapon of Choice

    A timely reminder of the importance of patent matters, for they are being used to eliminate the zero-cost advantage of Free/libre software and make it more proprietary, privacy-infringing, and user-hostile (as a result of blackmail)



  9. Gartner Group and NASSCOM: Will Lie for FUD, on Behalf of Microsoft and Proprietary Software

    Some of the latest arguments against Free/libre software turn out to be arriving from couriers of Microsoft and its agenda



  10. Windows is a Franchise in Demise, Don't Believe the Hype

    Ongoing propaganda about Vista 10, 'cloud', and other buzzwords or brands are put in perspective



  11. Links 21/5/2015: Fedora 22 RC2, CERN Chooses OpenStack

    Links for the day



  12. Microsoft is Again Showing Its Hatred of Free/Open Source Software by Lobbying the Indian Government to Drop a Rational National Policy

    Microsoft decides to attack Free/Open Source software (FOSS) in India, where the corporate media is very much complicit in misleading the public



  13. Links 20/5/2015: Containers, OpenStack, and EXT4 Corruption

    Links for the day



  14. The PATENT Act, Distraction of Trolls, and Lobbying for Software Patents by Protectionists

    Only large corporations and their lawyers are able to formally change the US patent system through public officials and politicians, despite recent rulings from very high courts



  15. Corporate Media and Friends of Microsoft Are Still Lying About the Cost of Vista 10

    In a desperate effort to beat operating systems that are Free (libre) and free (gratis), such as GNU/Linux or Android, Microsoft shores up the illusion of 'free' (gratis) Windows



  16. Links 19/5/2015: Linux 4.1 RC4, Thunderbird 31.7.0, OpenStack Event

    Links for the day



  17. Links 18/5/2015: Russia Chooses Jolla, Many New Distro Releases, Meizu Devices

    Links for the day



  18. Even Converting an Image to Greyscale is Now a Patent

    Simple mathematics becoming patented as Fujifilm claims 'ownership' of photographic conversion to greyscale



  19. Grooming of the World's Biggest Patent Troll, Nathan Myhrvold of Microsoft and Intellectual Ventures

    UCLA and Microsoft-linked media are framing big thugs as heroes, doing a great disservice to both academia and journalism



  20. The EPO's Fight to Bring Software Patents Into Europe is One Step Closer to a 'Victory' (for Multinationals)

    Opposition to the Unified Patent Court (UPC) is being crushed and Italy is one of the latest actors to have fallen in the battle



  21. Microsoft's 'Former' Staff Continues With His Anti-Google Rhetoric at CBS

    A Microsoft intern, who has moved on to journalism, is still showing his affinity for Microsoft with apologetics and spin



  22. More of Microsoft's False Claims About Cost of Vista 10 and More Layoffs

    Vista 10 is still being marketed using lies and Microsoft may be going down the same route as Nokia



  23. Microsoft Remotely Bricks -- Intentionally -- Xbox One

    Microsoft is showing off its kill switches, kills consoles of people whom it doesn't like



  24. IRC Proceedings: May 3rd - May 16th, 2015

    Many IRC logs



  25. Links 17/5/2015: NuTyX Saravane 15.05, Panasonic and Firefox OS

    Links for the day



  26. Links 16/5/2015: MAME Free Software. Rust 1.0, New Wine

    Links for the day



  27. Links 15/5/2015: GNOME 3.16.2, GNU Guix 0.8.2

    Links for the day



  28. Links 15/5/2015: Skrooge Releases, Linux 3.14.42, Linux 3.10.78

    Links for the day



  29. "VENOM" FUD Attack -- Like "Heartbleed" FUD Attack -- Linked to Microsoft

    Why CrowdStrike™ is motivated to smear Free software and establish a stigma of insecurity in Free software-based virtual machines/'clouds'



  30. Spinning Microsoft's Inability to Sell Windows (or Office) as a Strength

    The 'cloud' mindset, which is promoted by surveillance fanatics, increasingly used to pretend that Microsoft has a bright future, despite declining sales


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts