Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Less bugs, more fun


Wired writes:

Linux advocates have long insisted that open-source development results in better and more secure software. Now they have statistics to back up their claims.

According to a four-year analysis of the 5.7 million lines of Linux source code conducted by five Stanford University computer science researchers, the Linux kernel programming code is better and more secure than the programming code of most proprietary software.


The study identified 0.17 bugs per 1,000 lines of code in the Linux kernel. Of the 985 bugs identified, 627 were in critical parts of the kernel. Another 569 could cause a system crash, 100 were security holes, and 33 of the bugs could result in less-than-optimal system performance.

This is logical. The more bloated your code is (XP has 40 million lines) the more your bug percentage goes up. Also there is absolutely no peer examination by Microsoft, whereas anyone in the world can audit (and better) linux code.

Just another reason to wean those windows using pussies/idiots/lazy bastards (choose one or all of the above) into using open source and killing the "but it works" mentality they have.


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