Despite Microsoft's claims of possible patent violations, Linux hardware sales have not slowed, and in fact Linux servers sales are growing at a faster rate than Windows-based servers, according to Dell.
"On the server side Linux continues to grow nicely, a bit faster than Windows," said Dell in an interview during the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando. "We're seeing a move to Linux in critical applications, and Linux migration has not slowed down."
However, for those customers who might be concerned about whether Microsoft's claims of patent violation could result in legal action, Dell added that there were "certainly mechanisms if customers are concerned about patents."
The issue lies in a Microsoft statement in May that said claimed that free and open-source software violated more than 230 of its patents, yet they have not followed through with any details. An empty threat? Hard to say.