"Microsoft Corp. yesterday denied any financial involvement in a
deal that provided $50 million to a company battling against users
of Linux, the open-source operating system that has emerged as a
competitive threat to Microsoft Windows.
"The statement followed the publication on the Internet of an
e-mail that some view as evidence that Microsoft is secretly
bankrolling lawsuits filed by the SCO Group against a number of
companies, including IBM Corp. SCO alleges that its Unix technology
was illegally incorporated into Linux..."