Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jul 2005 19:23 UTC, submitted by Just_A_User
FreeBSD On Tuesday, code-analysis software maker Coverity announced that its automated bug finding tool had analyzed the community-built operating system FreeBSD and flagged 306 potential software flaws, or about one issue for every 4,000 lines of code. The low number of flaws found by the system underscores that FreeBSD's manual auditing by project members has reduced the vulnerabilities in the operating system, said Seth Hallem, CEO of Coverity.
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RE[4]: FreeBSD beat Linux 2.6.9
by Anonymous on Wed 20th Jul 2005 06:42 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: FreeBSD beat Linux 2.6.9"
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Ok, so AIX has a higher number of statically checked possible bugs than the reported number for BSD and the Linux kernel. How in the hell can you state that AIX or anything else that IBM does is representative of all proprietary software?

AIX and what IBM produces and the very few places you've worked STILL aren't enough of a dataset to be meaningful except to compare what AIX and IBM's work is compared to the stuff cited with these checks on the BSD and Linux kernel. As hard as it is to believe, there are actually proprietary software solutions that will be at a higher level of perfection than what you've measured, even though what you're using as a measuring stick is from IBM. And I mention once again, there's a hell of a lot of open source stuff that has simply not been measured, because it is so limited and/or crappy that nobody gives a crap that it exists, and thus, the statistics mean nothing, except for comparing AIX and that bit of stuff to BSD or Linux kernels and what they've measured. Your attempt at proving your point fails the test of logic, still, to put forth a "proof" of which is higher quality: OSS or proprietary code, because you're working with an incredibly limited set of data, compared to what exists in the wild.

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