Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Dec 2005 20:16 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source "Of all the myths that have grown up around open source software, perhaps the most pervasive is Eric Raymond's aphorism that 'Many eyes make bugs shallow', suggesting that if lots of people can view a program's source code, they will find and fix its errors more quickly than commercial products whose code is jealously guarded. The only problem with this is that it's not true - certainly not in one of the flagship projects of open source, OpenOffice."
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Not a good example
by ntl_ on Thu 8th Dec 2005 20:42 UTC
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2005-07-09

OpenOffice's codebase grew up as a proprietary one. Much of the code is over 12 years old.

If you want to make a case against 'many eyes make bugs shallow," you have to use a piece of software that was written from the ground up in an open fashion.

I would even discount software written by small organizations internally but released as open source.

I would instead look at a piece of software with an open development mailinglist/irc room. One that actively accepts patches from a good portion of its userbase.

Edited 2005-12-08 20:42

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