What You Should Do

By Larry Dignan  |  Posted 2003-06-01 Print this article Print

The court battle between SCO and IBM makes for good theater. But technology executives are not changing their plans.

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What You Should Do to Use Linux Safely

Limit Linux use in critical spots until the court battle is resolved.

If you plan to deploy Linux with hardware giants such as IBM or Dell, make sure you have a comprehensive support contract.

Check with your legal department to explore alternative open-source code. An IBM settlement won't indemnify enterprises.

Factor potential licensing expenses into your cost estimates when considering a Linux rollout.

Sources: Gartner, Baseline Research

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Larry formerly served as the East Coast news editor and Finance Editor at CNET News.com. Prior to that, he was editor of Ziff Davis Inter@ctive Investor, which was, according to Barron's, a Top-10 financial site in the late 1990s. Larry has covered the technology and financial services industry since 1995, publishing articles in WallStreetWeek.com, Inter@ctive Week, The New York Times, and Financial Planning magazine. He's a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.

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