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 MamiyaOtaru on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 21:33 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.

Would it have even occurred to her that they might need protection from IP issues before the Novell-MS deal was announced? Sounds like they bought the hype that came along with the deal, and in turn are adding to it themselves.

It was never really certain that anyone needed protection from MS on IP matters in the first place (MS wouldn't want to ignite MAD) but the deal made it seem like an issue. Anytime a Walmart acts on it, they add to its clout, clout that might as wel have come out of thin air with the announcement of the Novell MS deal.

So yeah, if corps like it, the customer has spoken. I just wonder if the corps would have ever thought to speak if the Deal hadn't put up a hoop for them to jump through.

I guess the real test will be if anything ever happens to a company using a different linux. If not, Walmart acted on a non-issue.

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