Al Zollar, a sales executive for IBM’s eServer series, told an audience at a conference earlier this week that a “set of forces” is at work against Linux.

In a story reported by CNET, Zollar said the “forces” were “mostly located in Redmond,” an apparent allusion to Microsoft, which is based in Redmond, WA. Zollar added that allies have been “recruited” for the anti-Linux move.

IBM is involved deeply in a law suit filed by SCO Group, holder of copyright on Unix code which the company alleges has been infringed upon in writing of Linux code.

According to CENT, Zollar told the crowd in Australia that SCO’s claims were “silly.”