Defect assessment study demonstrates superiority of open source / peer
Sun, 16 Feb 2003 16:24:09 +1100
Reasoning Inc. announced that it is making available a study that reports that
the TCP/IP protocol stack implementation in version 2.4.19 of the open source
Linux kernel has fewer defects than the TCP/IP protocol stacks of several
commercial equivalents. The study by Reasoning is the first published comparison
of code defect assessment of an open source software application versus equivalent
commercial software applications. The white paper can be obtained free-of-charge,
(free registration required).
"Proponents of open source software have long argued that open source software is
as or more robust than commercial software," said Reasoning President & CEO Scott
Trappe. "Having inspected hundreds of commercial applications, Reasoning can provide
direct evidence to support their claim. We are pleased to be able to provide scientific
data, adding to the intelligent discourse on best practices within software development
and how to produce better quality software."
Studies have long shown that source code inspection is the most effective technique for
improving software quality. New programming methodologies such as Extreme Programming
codify this by having two programmers write each line of code together.
Rick Welykochy || Praxis Services
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