Here’s a piece of information I would have probably been better off not reading:
“I’m sure that Microsoft would be only too happy to reach similar terms of agreement with Canonical… but I think it’s highly unlikely that they’d be receptive to overtures from Redmond,” said Red Monk analyst Stephen O’Grady. “Ubuntu is a distribution with significant momentum (See Dell Picks Ubuntu Linux), and a deal would likely be a significant brake rather than accelerant to that rise.”
This is a quote from a story in the Red Herring: http://www.redherring.com/Article.aspx?a=22516&hed=Microsoft%E2%80%99s+Symbiotic+Linux+Deals
Obviously, something like this is not going to happen… but just the thought of it freaks me out. In a recent article in Full Circle magazine, Mark Shuttleworth, who is against such deals with Microsoft, estimates from all the repository info and mirrors that Ubuntu has around 10 million users. Luckily, we have SABDFL, and a whole community looking to get away from Microsoft — which is always comforting to know.