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Study lauds open-source code quality

A consulting group that scrutinizes the source code underlying several operating systems has found that a key networking component of Linux is of higher quality in several ways than that of competing closed-source software. Reasoning, which sells automated software inspection services, scrutinized part of the code of the Linux and five operating systems, comparing the number and rate of programming defects. Specifically, Reasoning examined the TCP/IP, a key networking technology, and found fewer errors in Linux. “The open-source implementation of TCP/IP in the Linux kernel clearly exhibits a higher code quality than commercial implementations in general-purpose operating systems,” the company said in a report released last week. Reasoning also compared the code with that used in two special-purpose networking products and found it superior to one of them. Full Story

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