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 "..."
MamiyaOtaru
Member since:
2005-11-11

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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by b3timmons on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 22:30 in reply to "RE: ..."
b3timmons Member since:
2006-08-26

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 http://www.linuxworld.com/podcasts/linux/interoperability_and_paten...

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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by IanSVT on Wed 24th Jan 2007 04:36 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
IanSVT Member since:
2005-07-06

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.

Since when did IT become a barrier to entry for a new retail store? Microsoft is just about at the bottom of my list of concerns if I'm starting a new retail chain, right below how much I'm going to charge for a 12 pack of dorritos lunch packs.

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