I have no insider knowledge of this but TheRegister is seldom wrong… What would be the consequences? For GNU/Linux, I can imagine that Oracle, a distributor of GNU/Linux, might make sure Net Applications publishes the straight goods on market share for GNU/Linux. Instead of spreading the nonsense that other OS is on 90% of PCs we might be told the truth, that it is closer to 86% and declining rapidly. We might also get reality for share of MacOS.
I have no love for Oracle and its penchant to take over the world but the enemy of my enemy may be my part-time friend. In fact, they could be my full-time friend if they would let OpenOffice.org, MySQL and Java be Free, really FREE.
I know Oracle has other uses for Net Applications but I would not mind sitting around the fire if Net Applications is separated from their buddy, M$. We have seen several times where Net Applicaitons massages its data to make GNU/Linux look stagnant even while share of GNU/Linux surges.