Tuesday, December 14, 2004


Linux Killing Bugs Dead

Slashdot reports that Linux is orders of magnitude more reliable than the average bugbear:

The report, set to be released on Tuesday, states that the 2.6 Linux production kernel, shipped with software from Red Hat, Novell and other major Linux software vendors, contains 985 bugs in 5.7 million lines of code, well below the industry average for commercial enterprise software.

Windows XP, by comparison, contains about 40 million lines of code, with new bugs found on a frequent basis. Commercial software typically has 20 to 30 bugs for every 1,000 lines of code, according to Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab Sustainable Computing Consortium. This would be equivalent to 114,000 to 171,000 bugs in 5.7 million lines of code."
Over 100 times more reliable than average? That seems to validate the Open Source concept quite well.

Now about that GUI....