"However, let us consider how possible, or perhaps even
whether possible, it would be for Microsoft to bring licensing or
litigation to or against another company, whether a vendor or user
of enterprise IT, that did not in some way involve Linux and open
source software. The latest Microsoft IP deal, while indeed cause
for some concern, is also further evidence of how pervasive and
entrenched Linux and open source software is in all of IT, from
smartphones and consumer electronics to enterprise servers, HPC and
virtualization, to key verticals and cloud computing.
"Linux and open source played a small, if not insignificant
role, in the recent TomTom case, which was settled, but continued
to concern open source supporters."