Don't use Linux for key applications, warns Gartner

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Gartner has warned users to minimise their deployment of Linux to run complex, mission-critical applications until the SCO Group’s legal claims against the open source community are clarified.

On 14 May, the holder of Unix source code sent a letter to about 1,500 large companies worldwide cautioning them that Linux was an unauthorised derivative of Unix and that it may contain some of its intellectual property (IP).

As a result, the struggling vendor said it was suspending all future sales of the UnitedLinux distribution it brands under the SCO Linux and Caldera OpenLinux monikers, although it would continue to support customers and not hold them liable for any IP breaches.

George Weiss, a vice president and research director at Gartner Research, said that although Gartner had reservations about the merits of the case, it should not be taken lightly.

“IS organisations, with advice from their legal departments, should perform due diligence on Linux and other open source code by exploring its source, integrity and any encumbrances as a pre-requisite to adoption in the enterprise,” he advised.

Companies should also limit their deployments to running non-strategic systems until the merit of SCO’s claims or any resulting judgements became clear and should ask for comprehensive support contracts from large vendors such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Sun Microsystems.

One of the problems for users is that Linux distributors such as Red Hat have written safety clauses against liability into their customer contracts, and Weiss believes it unlikely that SCO will withdraw its threats. In his opinion, SCO has already indicated the seriousness of its position by hiring attorney David Boies, who was one of the key lawyers in the Security and Exchange Commission’s anti-trust lawsuit against Microsoft.

Weiss also does not expect that a settlement of SCO’s $1 billion lawsuit against IBM for allegedly using its IP would indemnify enterprises.

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By admin
03rd Jun 2003 12:05

I wrote my code into Linux kernel. Don't use linux, because this patented rewrite of famous printf ("Hello world\n"); is patented and may be the cause of the charge and trial.

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By admin
28th May 2003 19:05

Sounds a lot like what Sun, IBM and Oracle did to MSFT by fueling (and funding) the States cases (and dn't try to tell claim that they didn't fund a LARGE part).

Turnabout is fair play!

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By admin
23rd May 2003 13:51

There is an interesting spin on this. M$ is actually going to send mucho-dollars to the "Kill Linux" fund by paying SCO off. This influx of god-only-knows how much cash will allow SCO to continue their sad legal push and eventually scare off many otherwise very smart companies from ever looking at Linux as a viable OS.

What a brilliant idea for M$. Get someone to pick a fight with Linux and then keep fueling the fires...brilliant - Very, Very SAD, but brilliant. I hope they choke on it.

Sean McHenry
McHenry Technologies

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By admin
03rd Jun 2003 12:05

I wrote my code into Linux kernel. Don't use linux, because this patented rewrite of famous printf ("Hello world\n"); is patented and may be the cause of the charge and trial.

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By admin
22nd May 2003 22:20

hogwash

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By admin
23rd May 2003 01:58

SCO was, is and always will be worthless. Their contribution to Linux = .000000000001% of all GPL applications. They are simply being Micro$ofts Prag or [***]. M$oft is scared and for good reason, windows is totally inferior to pretty much any *nix based OS on the market. I use OS X for my personal use and FreeBSD for our commercial applications and love it! I must say our BSD boxes have about the same number of days in uptime than M$oft has in security patches for their "Windows" product. The proof is in the pudding!! Go to netcraft.com and view the list of the highest uptimes(hint: not one windows box on the list)

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By admin
23rd May 2003 05:46

What I find amusing about this whole story is that SCO has yet to reveal the actual code they claim to have been copied. This to me is like Iraqs WMD. Until I actually see the code, I don't give this any merit whatsoever. It is just the death throes of a company falling into oblivion, threatening to take everyone else with it. Good company for Microsoft I say. Call that hogwash if you've got a free neuron.

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By admin
27th May 2003 09:59

Gartner taking the easy option, i.e. we've no idea if there's a problem but avoid it anyway.

I'd suggest they read Eric Raymond/the OSI's paper on this - http://www.opensource.org/sco-vs-ibm.html

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By admin
23rd May 2003 01:58

SCO was, is and always will be worthless. Their contribution to Linux = .000000000001% of all GPL applications. They are simply being Micro$ofts Prag or [***]. M$oft is scared and for good reason, windows is totally inferior to pretty much any *nix based OS on the market. I use OS X for my personal use and FreeBSD for our commercial applications and love it! I must say our BSD boxes have about the same number of days in uptime than M$oft has in security patches for their "Windows" product. The proof is in the pudding!! Go to netcraft.com and view the list of the highest uptimes(hint: not one windows box on the list)

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By admin
22nd May 2003 22:20

hogwash

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By admin
23rd May 2003 05:46

What I find amusing about this whole story is that SCO has yet to reveal the actual code they claim to have been copied. This to me is like Iraqs WMD. Until I actually see the code, I don't give this any merit whatsoever. It is just the death throes of a company falling into oblivion, threatening to take everyone else with it. Good company for Microsoft I say. Call that hogwash if you've got a free neuron.

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By admin
27th May 2003 09:59

Gartner taking the easy option, i.e. we've no idea if there's a problem but avoid it anyway.

I'd suggest they read Eric Raymond/the OSI's paper on this - http://www.opensource.org/sco-vs-ibm.html

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By admin
23rd May 2003 13:51

There is an interesting spin on this. M$ is actually going to send mucho-dollars to the "Kill Linux" fund by paying SCO off. This influx of god-only-knows how much cash will allow SCO to continue their sad legal push and eventually scare off many otherwise very smart companies from ever looking at Linux as a viable OS.

What a brilliant idea for M$. Get someone to pick a fight with Linux and then keep fueling the fires...brilliant - Very, Very SAD, but brilliant. I hope they choke on it.

Sean McHenry
McHenry Technologies

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By admin
28th May 2003 19:05

Sounds a lot like what Sun, IBM and Oracle did to MSFT by fueling (and funding) the States cases (and dn't try to tell claim that they didn't fund a LARGE part).

Turnabout is fair play!

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