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Re: InfoWorld Cooks Data so Microsoft will win
MJ; InfoWorld was the publisher that arbitrarily threw out the results of a
reader's poll this past winter because OS/2 was voted the most popular OS among
its users. It "just knew" there were voting irregularities... No proof... No
nuthin... Just, "it's being thrown out because OS/2 users must have voted
So it's credibility is nil in my book, anyway...
Look for more Microsoft sucking up from this pub in the future...
Scott K. McGrath
> If you check out the following URL:
> You will find that InfoWorld magazine recently ran benchmarks for an Applix
> Java app on various platforms. The OS's tested were Windows NT, Windows 95,
> Windows 3.1, OS/2, Sun Solaris, MacOS, and Caldera OpenLinux. If one just
> looks at the bottom line, NT won, with a speed of :37, squeaking past
> Linux, buried at the end of the list, with :39. But if you look at the
> details, which the executives won't, you'll find that NT was tested on a
> Pentium 180 with 64 Megs of RAM against Linux on a Pentium 166 with 48
> Megs. Given how neck-and-neck the test came out, it is almost certain that
> Linux would have won in a legitimate benchmark, i.e., one performed on the
> same hardware.
> InfoWorld may point out that some of the OS's they tested, such as Mac, had
> to be run on different hardware, and that others, such as Solaris, were
> best tested elsewhere, even though they are available for Intel. Neither
> of these comments applies to Linux, which, like Windows, was developed and
> is still most widely deployed on Intel. InfoWorld may also protest that it
> was testing Java portability, not benchmarking OS's. This objection is
> belied by the fact that the introduction to the article chiefly compares
> the performance of the OS's. Personally, I think a public issue should be
> made of this, as it can undermine InfoWorld's credibility as an objective
> source of technical information, which they can ill afford. More
> importantly, if this article gets attention, it can serve to cause greater
> questioning of trade press biases generally, and bring Linux forward in the
> public mind as an alternative to Windows.