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Nov 16, 2003

http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=12603

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Will Matter  Identity Verified
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very informative. Nov 16, 2003

thanks.

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sylver  Identity Verified
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Setting the record straight Nov 17, 2003

This article is not exactly carefull about its facts. Yes, when you search for linux, you get

"Alternatives to Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP
Learn about the Microsoft alternatives and how to move to them from open source products.
www.microsoft.com/serviceproviders/migration"

in the 4th position, BUT, and that's a big BUT, it is the last spot of the *FEATURED LISTING*, that is *commercial advertisement*, not search results.

Anyone could buy a spot there, just like Amazon (#1). If Micrsoft decides to place advertisement on that search term, well, fine. A little dirty, but as long as it stays in the featured listing, it's clearly not a search result.

As far as "how many" Linux results come up, it is completely irrelevant. Who gives a damn if there are 20 pages or 20000? The first 3 pages represent 95% of the search engine traffic. And Microsoft knows that, they are not stupid.

If you look for Linux, the number one SEARCH result is www.linux.org. *Every* search result on the first 3 pages is *fully* relevant to Linux, with web sites such as linuxworld and red hat. It means that all the traffic from the search results is directed to linux web sites, as should be.

If they really controlled the search results for that word, would they allow that? The only point in a search engine, from a company viewpoint is TRAFFIC. With the current setting, it all goes to bona-fides Linux web sites. So WHAT in hell is the problem here?

[Edited at 2003-11-17 10:51]


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Thank you for your thanks. ;) Nov 17, 2003

willmatter wrote:

thanks.


[Edited at 2003-11-17 07:22]


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