"Which company is the biggest spender in the Linux world? Is it
IBM? Sun Microsystems? Red Hat? Novell? No, the biggest spender in
Linux, at least this year, is arguably the company most threatened
by its success.
"With this week's $536 million settlement of a legal battle with
Novell and April's $1.9 billion deal with Sun Microsystems,
Microsoft has now agreed to pay more than $2.4 billion to companies
likely to spend the money popularizing the arch-enemy of all things