Microsoft Plans to Work
with Novell in Future"> But Ryan Gavin, Microsofts Director of Platform Strategy, defended the need for the study, even if it was just a starting point. "There is a big need for a larger understanding of how we think and talk about reliability and to have a consistent dialogue about what things matter when you are talking about a reliable system," he said.Gavin added that Thompson would also be reaching out to Novell in the future, given that the companys version of Linux was used in the study. He also said he would be asking Novell "for their validation, having them help review the model and provide input into how this could have been done differently or better. Ill also make the same offer to Red Hat and Im willing to fly their engineers to his lab to have them go through this and tell us ways we can do this better." Novells Barney said he was not sure if Thompson had contacted anyone in the company as yet, adding that the firm would have to think hard before jumping into the research business. "Thats what independent analysts do best, not software vendors," he said. This is not the first time Microsoft has asked members of the open-source community to work with it on independent research projects. Redmond officials suggested earlier this year that the OSDL (Open Source Development Labs) work with Microsoft on a research project, an idea that was rejected outright by OSDL CEO Stuart Cohen. Editors Note: This story was updated to expand on a comment by Kevan Barney. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
"One of the reasons we worked with Security Innovations is because they are more academic and research-oriented and we wanted a repeatable methodology that could be applied again and again," he said.