The Coverty marketing droids need to be a bit less anal about getting people to register at the website. IMHO, the technology should be
Honestly, I laughed out loud when I read this. ;) So thanks for that.
I'd also encourage Coventry to explain their business model a bit more clearly. Coventry seems to be supportive of open source projects. Coverty also seems to be targeting big companies as customers. It's not clear how arbitrary open source projects (and small companies and individuals) will be able to take advantage of Coventry's products and services.
Here's my take on this -- in the last couple of years, I've personally been to hundreds of companies (some big, some small) in an effort to get our technology out there. Of course it's no surprise that I see open source projects everywhere -- as part of infrastructure or part of code bases that people are developing. So from a Coverity perspective, clearly we want to provide source code analysis for the projects that our customers care about (their own as well as open source).
Putting on my idealistic hat and remembering back my grad school days, I think we're on to something very new in the world of source code analysis. I really just want every developer to use source code analysis while they write code (remember, idealistic :)). We got a lot of the good publicity in the research lab because there existed this big open source OS that we could test our theories on. So from that angle, I think it makes sense for Coverity to have a strong relationship with the open source community since that community has been helping us pretty much since day 1. This project is just the next step in that...it's certainly not the last.
There's plenty more to do to target every developer.