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 twenex on Wed 24th Jan 2007 08:35 UTC in reply to "..."
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She said the intellectual property protections in the Novell deal give Wal-Mart more confidence in using Linux more broadly.

Looks like the customers have the last word.

If customers want to continue to believe in fictions like "intellectual property" (let alone some "Microsoft Advantage" in using their software) they're certainly entitled to; it's a free country.

Some of us, however, prefer to stay well-informed.

Someone pointed out on Linuxtoday that Wal-Mart already uses Unix; they don't need Microsoft's support to start using Linux. This is just a way to get people to use Windows - "well if Linux support is this crappy, we might as well just use Windows anyway".

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