The old African proverb claims that "When elephants fight, the ants suffer." But when one of the elephants is battling on behalf of the ants, things may turn out differently.
That, at least, is the situation for up-and-coming operating system Linux. Enterprise deployment of the operating system (OS) is old news. Less visible have been the growing numbers of Linux-based consumer PCs. No more.
The grassroots challenge to Microsoft's
But Wal-Mart and Linux are a long way from going steady. Like that aggravating and popular flirt back in high school, Wal-Mart continues to play the field. It sells plenty of Windows-based computers, by manufacturers like Hewlett-Packard
Of course, the entire Linux scene is still cramped by the SCO Group's
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