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

WebShell

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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.
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http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mressl/webshell/

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.
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http://www.itwire.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13036&Itemid=1054

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.


Related:

IDC pronounces Linux unimportant to European economy

http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=34542


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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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/12/15/nytimes_ms_ban/
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