I am speaking of the tools that you use on linux. Not violating patents as they are not being marketed for profit neither are they for use in a commercial endeavor. Instead of telling you what is going on in your country read it for yourself. http://www.uk.linux.org/
EU Concerning Software Patents: http://www.rte.ie/business/2005/0706/patent.html
Major Computer Systems:
"The Open Source Consortium, funded by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, will provide the councilís funding, running into hundreds of thousands of pounds, said Evans."
"A UK government-funded initiative aims to accelerate the use of open source software within the public sector, through various activities including the creation of a government-specific code repository and a directory of open source providers."
"Various organisations are involved in the Open Source Academy including Bristol, Cheshire, Birmingham and Shepway Council, the National Computing Centre, the University of Kent, the Institute of IT Training, OpenForum Europe, the Open Source Consortium and Socitm ó the professional association for public sector IT managers."
"RWE Innogy, a power company in the United Kingdom, has begun moving systems that control its coal-fired power plants to Linux."
Linux share grows in UK SME sector
Although Not UK related:
Some surprising companies that use linux.
"PlayStation 3 may run on Linux"
Other companies offering linux products: Palm (as in Palm Pilot), Hewlet Packard, Compaq and Wal-Mart. To name a few in a huge list.
Pretty clear to me that the UK Government as well as other huge organizations fund a lot of Linux Intiatives.
As I said in the beginning. The crux is money. Who gets it? Linux is taking money from Microsoft, Macromedia, SCO, etc. but not keeping it for themselves. Bottom line, the companies pushing against Linux are trying to convince you that the idea of being motivated by something other than greed is bad. Whats wrong with "love thy neighbor as thy self"?