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 butters on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 23:11 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
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2005-07-08

First, Wal-Mart was already using Red Hat extensively, but primarily in back-end datacenter roles. They want to run Linux on their front-end Web presence, which they "believe" will expose them to more IP risk than using the infidel OS behind their boundary routers.

I would be shocked if IP law in any jurisdiction maintains such a distinction. But, in reality, Wal-Mart just needed to say this in order to get around admitting that, if there are IP concerns regarding Linux, they were already exposing themselves to these risks.

It is obvious from the fact that MS and Novell arranged this meeting with Wal-Mart that this is first a PR move and second a new client acquisition for Novell. Novell wants to drum up more concern (i.e. FUD) so that more businesses switch from Red Hat to Novell. Microsoft wants to play the two biggest Linux vendors against one another to reduce the dominance of Red Hat and strain the spirit of cooperation that has always existed between Linux distributors.

Microsoft isn't afraid of either Linux vendor. Microsoft's customers are not porting their Windows-based IT infrastructure to Linux. But they are porting their UNIX stuff to Linux, and Microsoft would rather conduct business with Novell (or Red Hat) than with an amorphous cloud of cooperating developers.

The only question is what happens if/when Novell becomes the dominant player in commercial Linux. Do they partner with Red Hat? Remember this deal expires in two years...

Edited 2007-01-23 23:13

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by ma_d on Wed 24th Jan 2007 01:02 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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2005-06-29

Their in-store setup is a nightmare. I'm told it's a gigantic mix of some old proprietary Unix that requires old intel chips, NT 4, XP, and RHEL.

And they like to do things like setup the machines in out-of-store shacks (next to the store) that don't have air conditioning of any form and often have standing water.

Personally I'm not going to rejoice that one of the most evil corporations in the world will be using more Linux. They should buy SCO Unix ;) .

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