The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has filed a request with the European Union asking to get involved in an EU antitrust suit against Microsoft.
The Linux and Samba developer group has filed its request for leave to intervene in the case saying Microsoft's fiscal might is skewing the fight unfairly.
Georg Greve, president of FSFE, said in a statement: "The more Microsoft is able to purchase its opponents' solidarity, the more important FSFE's commitment to freedom and interoperability is."
Conversely, Microsoft has also been lobbying for new supporters in the case, asking big business to intervene on its side. Several opponents of Redmond, including the Computer and Communications Industry Association and Novell, dropped their objections following payouts from Microsoft.