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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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.

But you are forgetting the administrative hardship that Novell is imposing upon the Stallmanists. When a company does something like what Novell has done, it's *not* just that spare machine that needs an OS transplant.

There is also their mother's PC. Their grandfather's. Aunt Josephine's.

And in each case, they've got to come up with a believable reason for the change; something that would make sense to each one of them.

The truth is unlikely to work. Aunt Josephine may not be tech-savvy, but she likely recognizes when she's being used as a pawn in someone else's political maneuvering.

Edited 2007-01-24 14:31

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