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Linux source code has less bugs than commercial software
  Posted by: AceBHound on Dec 14th, 2004 5:43 PM
A 4-year analysis of 5.7 million lines of Linux source code has shown that Linux code is more secure and contains less bugs than commercial software. While commercial software typically contains 20-30 bugs per 1,000 lines of code, Linux code was found to have 0.17 bugs per 1,000 lines.

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.

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