has been rife since May, when the company said it was licensing the Unix source code and patent from the SCO Group. That action followed SCO's
infamous US$1 billion lawsuit, filed in March, which accuses IBM of improperly lifting
copyrighted Unix technology and building it into Linux.
The Microsoft-Linux speculation has been fueled by Linux' increasing prominence on the enterprise server level, largely thanks to IBM, and Microsoft's
historical willingness to react to competitive threats by creating its own versions of rival products.
Still, despite the speculation, there is considerable doubt that Microsoft will develop or distribute its own version of Linux