[Ilugc] why it is important to promote linux

kenneth gonsalves lawgon at thenilgiris.com
Mon Jul 2 18:25:09 IST 2012

On Mon, 2012-07-02 at 17:32 +0530, Roshan Mathews wrote:
> > congratulations - I am sure you went through each of these links to
> find
> > out where they were on the site, in what context they were there,
> > whether they were put there by the authors of the site and how
> visible
> > they are to the viewers of the site.
> >
> Those were just some random stats I found after reading your original
> FUD.  But then, I'm sure that when you were saying "site" and not
> "page", you went through all the sites to do your due diligence?

yes I did - spent some hours looking at the sites in question from the
end user perspective to get an overall impression on how much importance
is given to linux.
> > And here's one more which you can add to your collection of useless
> > statistics:
> >
> > site:microsoft.com linux    322,000
> >
> Why is that useless?

this one is better

site:microsoft.com how to remove linux   28,800 results

>   According to the Linux Foundation [1], Microsoft
> was one of the largest corporate contributors of Linux in 2011.
> [1]
> http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/04/linux-kernel-in-2011-15-million-total-lines-of-code-and-microsoft-is-a-top-contributor/

I am sure you read all the comments on this article. And of course the
original pdf from the linux foundation. 
It is amusing to note that Linus Torvalds (1,113 total changes, 231
since 2.6.35) does not appear in either top-30
list of contributors. 

wow - $bill contributes more to the kernel than Linus!

In general, it is a fallacy to equate number of lines of code
contributed to contribution as such. A lot of other factors need to be
considered - these factors are adequately explained in the pdf and in
the comments on the article itself. 1% of the total contributed code -
where the contribution is completely self serving ...

Kenneth Gonsalves

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