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BBC underestimated number of Linux users visiting its site

The BBC admitted that it made a mistake in estimating that only 400-600 Linux users visited the BBC sites every week.

The BBC admitted that it made a mistake in estimating that only 400-600 Linux users visited the BBC sites every week.

An excerpt from PC Pro:

The initial figures caused disbelief in the Linux community, prompting the creation of a petition to gauge the true number of Linux users. This petition had over 2,000 signatures at the time of writing.

The incorrect figures have been blamed on the way that the BBC records traffic levels.

The numbers are critical as the BBC Future Media and Technology group has been mulling over making available a Linux and mac variant of its iPlayer software. The BBC Trust has however made it known that different versions of the iPlayer have to be made available. (BBC)

While DRM issues are being raised as the reason for delay in making different variants of the iPlayer available, is this more about monopoly or just a numbers game?

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