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OSDL says no to Microsoft

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The report of a meeting between OSDL and Microsoft has raised a few eyebrows this week. To recap, Microsoft's Martin Taylor and OSDL's CEO Stuart Cohen met at Linux World Conference & Expo. Taylor proposed that Microsoft and OSDL do a joint research project for a study of Linux and Windows.

The eWeek report notes that OSDL had only confirmed discussing the idea with Taylor, but not a final response from OSDL. After reading the eWeek story, I couldn't think of any reason why OSDL should participate — and, for some reason, kept thinking about the fable of the frog and scorpion — but I was curious whether OSDL was giving it serious consideration.

On Friday, I had a chance to have a short talk with Cohen, and got a definitive answer. Cohen said that "there is no way we would do a joint research project with Microsoft." If OSDL were to participate in such a project, Cohen said that when the report came out, no matter what the broad outcome of the report was, anything negative about Linux would be exploited for marketing purposes by Microsoft.

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