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 merkoth on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 21:42 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
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Respecting the migration itself, their decision is fairly understandable: Wal-Mart is a huge worldwide bussiness, so you can't just hope that Microsoft's IP bullshit to be just FUD. What if it isn't? Of course, moving from RH to SLED will cost quite some money, but it'll be always less than paying for IP infrigement. I must admit that, from the bussiness point, you just can't take the risk of IP infrigement, even if you think that the MS/Novell deal is pure bullshit. There's little to gain from staying with, let's say RH, but there's a lot to lose if MS demands you.

I'm afraid that this was the tactic behind the deal, and seems to be working just fine ATM. You didn't really think that MS was trying to convince us, did you? No, they were trying to convince large companies, just like Wal-Mart.

That said, I couldn't care less about MS claims about IP: as I said before, show me the code and then we'll talk.

Edit: Removed stupid comment, I misread, sorry.

Edited 2007-01-23 21:45

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