Sure, SCO's legal case against IBM seems to be on its last legs, but Gartner published a report yesterday that would make you think otherwise. Linux users shouldn't assume a beneficial outcome, said the analyst firm, but it does not expect that a judgment in favor of SCO would produce catastrophic consequences for Linux users.
"IBM could still buy out SCO and all intellectual-property rights, or a ruling could allow the Linux community to make modifications in updates to the Linux kernel. However, the result could delay Linux's progress up the scale of performance," said the report.
In addition to the update, the report included recommendations for mitigating risks posed by the lawsuit, such as pressing for indemnity from suppliers, involving the legal department in a review of company risks, and conducting an audit of all Linux installations.