"Although Gartner has reservations on the merits of (SCO's claims), don't take them lightly," Gartner analyst George Weiss advised in a May note. "Minimize Linux in complex, mission-critical systems until the merits of SCO's claims or any resulting judgments become clear."
Two weeks ago,to the world's largest companies, warning that they could face legal action for using Linux, which SCO says includes its own proprietary . The move grew out of a that alleges Big Blue broke its contract with SCO by misappropriating trade secrets that it moved from Unix into Linux.
Novell, which bought Unix copyrights and patents from its original owner, AT&T, has.
Regardless of Gartner's advice, SCO's letters aren't having an effect, said Joe Eckert, a spokesman for Linux seller SuSE, whose .
"We've not seen a single hesitation from customers--just look at Munich," he said, referring to a decision by the German city government to. SuSE's customers "simply do not believe that SCO, even if it has a case, will impact them--Linux is simply an inevitability."
In the advisory, Gartner's Weiss said he believes SCO's actions could be motivated in part by a desire to be acquired, which could let "SCO investors...exit with good returns," a motivation that SCO has denied.