ZDNet UK: Microsoft rooting for Linux?

“Although Microsoft has no alternative but to fight the
anti-trust case on its own merits, it will be hoping a new rival
will enter the market to water down its alleged monopoly position.
That rival could be Linux, says industry analyst Dataquest.”

“A new operating system would work in Microsoft’s favour” says
Puppoli. “Should Linux become a real competitor to Microsoft then
clearly that shows the conditions for a monopoly don’t exist.”

“With the growing popularity of the Linux operating system and
the plans to bring it to the desktop, the tiny operating system
could work against the DoJ’s case and help save Microsoft.”