The group is unconvinced of the merits of an agreement between Oracle and Dell aimed at making Oracle's 9i database software available on Linux servers.
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In a report produced by eight analysts, Meta Group cites the open-source operating system's lack of scalability and its inability to support anything more than four-way clustering as reasons for delaying purchase.
However, it concedes that the agreement between the two companies is a major endorsement for Linux and that the open-source operating system may be appropriate for Web or appliance servers.