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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Walmart seems a willing mouthpiece:
by Donny_S on Wed 24th Jan 2007 07:00 UTC
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What this does is publicly give more credibility to the fiction that GNU/Linux/OSS users violate American IP laws. The big picture here is that American firms partner to steal/borrow ideas/people from the internet while paying lip service to the free software movement. They setup indemnification schemes (protection rackets) and law suits (SCO) with the goal of putting all independent GNU/Linux users in a position of legal liability for any and all claims made against them while benefiting from FOSS themselves. When it comes to concepts of freedom or democracy or open market access American corporations and politicians talk the talk but they don't walk the walk. Walmart globally will probably be seen as a very strong supporter of American corporate ruling class concepts.

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