"The collaboration with Microsoft and Novell will allow Wal-Mart
to manage Windows and Linux by extending its existing Microsoft
management tool set and authentication platform: Systems Management
Server, Active Directory, and Microsoft Operations Manager.
"However, the retailer also cited concerns over intellectual
property assurance--namely the potential for a lawsuit over
Microsoft's claims that Linux violates its patents--and noted that
the decision to work with Microsoft and Novell provides the IP
assurance Wal-Mart also expects..."