Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
At this point in the game, Microsoft should really come clean with a statement that rescinds its Linux/patent/suing threat altogether. Granted, Microsoft put itself in a hard spot with this one, since it had its channel singing the same tune for those murky months after the threat. If it stands up says, "Sorry, just kidding!" that won't make the channel partners happy, particularly if they used the threat to convince customers they must buy SUSE or Windows over Red Hat and other distros. But the fact is, we are seeing actions by Microsoft that indicate that the "suing Linux users" jig is up.
These actions have been accelerating during Bill Gates's lame duck year, and certainly since the European Union slapped Microsoft with enormous fines for failing to make its protocols more readily available to other software makers. For instance, Microsoft has been making well publicized financial contributions to various open source projects such as Apache Software Foundation and the Open Source Census.
But more telling of how Microsoft is trying to change its attitude (and its image) is how it has begun to openly contribute to popular projects.