Feeds

Caldera case expert to review Windows XP source code

It's that man again...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kottely has followed up her interesting decision that Microsoft should allow Windows source code to be independently reviewed by appointing someone characterised by Microsoft as a professional anti-Microsoft expert witness to review it. Which is possibly even more interesting.

She has however denied the States' request for a court-appointed expert.

Professor Lee Hollaar of Utah University has been around the block a couple of times, and has been allowed to look over Microsoft source before, in connection with the Bristol and Caldera antiturst actions. Microsoft roundly denounced him a while back when he wished to file a friends of court brief. At that point he was, according to Microsoft, poised to breach the confidentiality agreements he had signed in order to review the source code.

That was clearly over the top, but it's incontrovertible that Hollaar has worked for Microsoft's antagonists in the past, and that he has done work for DoJ in connection with the government antitrust case in the past. So when Microsoft said he "has made something of a career of testifying against Microsoft," one is inclined to agree, and think, 'yes, and here he comes again.'

Hollaar's previous experience does mean he has a great deal of appropriate background for the job of looking over Windows source code, but as he signed an NDA to only use that information in connection with the Bristol and Caldera cases, that may be more hindrance than help.

He is also clearly vulnerable to more accusations of partiality from Microsoft; but on the other hand, it's difficult to imagine any kind of expert in this field who's not going to end up being objectionable from Microsoft's point of view. He, and other experts to be retained by the States, will again have to abide by a confidentiality agreement covering XP and XP Embedded source code. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
Pre-Update versions of new Windows version will no longer support patches
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts
Bloke behind the cockup says not enough people are helping crucial crypto project
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed
Windows 7 making some gains on XP Death Day
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support
Gov't IT likened to 'a Model T with a lot of things on top of it'
Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not
Some go up, some go down, Redmond goes silent
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.