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 b3timmons on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 22:30 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
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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.

According to Jeremy Allison*, there have been for some time now threatening letters or some such against companies using GNU/Linux and allegedly infringing on MS "IP", so I think your suspicion is entirely warranted, and that the MS-Novell deal is living down to the anti-competitive tactics that were warned about from the beginning.

Walmart of course is using this for FUD of its own: scaring competitors that they are "very concerned" about the "huge problem", suggesting the hoops through which others need to jump and raising barriers of entry to startups. It's hard to imagine Walmart does not once again benefit here from its unique volume position and its fearsome reputation against competitors and that Microsoft and Novell had not predicted and counted on all of this months in advance.

(*) Listen to the audio interview at

Moreover, Allison is basically just a recent voice over problems that apparently have been reported about for a few years now and can be found on Google.

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