Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 20:41 UTC, submitted by WillM
Novell and Ximian Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores is contracting with Microsoft and Novell - Microsoft's preferred Linux partner - to build out the company's Web operations, according to a Wal-Mart executive. On Tuesday, Microsoft and Novell are expected to announce that Wal-Mart is the latest customer to purchase both Microsoft software and support certificates for Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server.
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by alucinor on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 21:05 UTC in reply to "..."
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She said the intellectual property protections in the Novell deal give Wal-Mart more confidence in using Linux more broadly.

Well, I suppose without the Novell-MS deal, Wal-Mart would've have gone all MS or MS-UNIX instead of using open source. This is a win, then, for Linux, since in the future when suddenly some of these corporations like Wal-Mart realize that after 5 or 10 years, other Linux distros other than the blessed SUSE are around, it would be relatively trivial (compared to a UNIX-UNIX or UNIX-MS migration) to migrate their old SUSE systems to a new Linux, if need be.

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