What’s got Microsoft so spoooked? As the Fortune article noted, the GPL v3′s provisions regarding the Microsoft-Novell deal suggest that Microsoft itself could be considered a “Linux distributor,” and thus beholden to the GPL v3 terms.
As Shane pointed out, Microsoft becomes a distributor, but it is reluctant to join the Free software club. It’s an unexplored business model and an unknown paradigm to the company.
Should Microsoft really start to sue companies, then maybe the United States will be avoided as a market by an increasing number of companies, headquarters of American companies (except for Novell) will be moved outside the U.S., and Microsoft will be responsible for the worst recession in the history of the United States!