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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And I'd bet you're running Suse and are slowly starting to feel guilty but will be lashing out at critics for a while and looking for an excuse to dump Suse at the same time.

I've got some Suse servers, NetWare servers, Windows servers, even an OpenBSD server. In each instance, the OS is the best or the only tool for whatever job it's doing. That's the reality of mixed IT shops, something that's often completely lost on the GNU/Linux zealots. And before people get irate, if you're a linux user, that doesn't mean you're a GNU/Linux zealot.

Sure, I can go try another distro. But the thing is, at work, blowing up a server based on the ebb and flow of the over charged political landscape that is GNU/Linux is stupid. Ask any sys admin around here and they'll probably agree. There's no way I'm making more work for myself because of a few people who quote Bruce Perens and Jeremy Allison as gospel are calling Novell evil.

I've said this before and it has probably fallen on deaf ears, but when you start to look beyond your spare machine that you install a new Linux distro on every two weeks and get into the server room where a rebuild of a server based on no technical merit at all makes your life more difficult than it already is, your perspective tends to change.

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