techie34290 writes: "MadPenguin.org has a new story up that discusses why Microsoft is just an empty vessel and will never actually sue alleged Linux patent violators. From the article, "Riddle me this. Which would prove to be more frightening: being pounded over the head with a mallet when you did not see it coming or the continuous threat of the same action with no end in sight? The obvious answer is of course the threat of the violent action. Do you see where I'm going with this? Microsoft has something with plenty of staying power if they threaten to sue rather than spending millions in actually doing it. The PR makes them look like masters of the universe and even though Linux users tend to double over laughing at their claims, they know that it will put the fear of the big "M" in the hearts and minds of IT staff from various industries and schools who might be toying with the idea of making the switch. Lawsuits may crush one or two individuals, but the power from a threat provides options that last a lifetime."