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"Open Source Programs Better, Have Fewer Errors Than Proprietary Code"  
 
More than 750 open source C/C++ projects were analysed and open source came out as the undisputed champion!   
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Friday, April 18, 2014 In its 2013 Coverity Scan Open Source Report, Coverity, a company specialising in software quality and security testing solutions, has revealed that open source software has considerably fewer shortcomings/defects as against their proprietary counterparts. Even as the world of closed source technology runs for cover amid the whole Heartbleed bug fiasco, Open Source software has been found to have fewer errors per thousand lines of code (KLoC) than proprietary software.

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The study was based on the Coverity Scan service that was started in association with the US Department of Homeland Security back in 2006 and dealt with the quality and security of open source software in the current scheme of things. More than 750 open source C/C++ projects such as NetBSD, FreeBSD, LibreOffice, and Linux, and Java projects such as Apache Hadoop, HBase, and Cassandra were analysed. "Our objective with the Coverity Scan service is to help the open source community create high-quality software. Based on the results of this report — as well as the increasing popularity of the service — open source software projects that leverage development testing continue to increase the quality of their software, such that they have raised the bar for the entire industry." Zack Samocha, senior director of products for Coverity was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Coverity now allows individuals interested in Open source software to view the state of affairs of participating projects by becoming Project Observers. "We’ve seen an exponential increase in the number of people who have asked to join the Coverity Scan service, simply to monitor the defects being found and fixed. In many cases, these people work for large enterprise organisations that utilise open source software within their commercial projects. By opening up the Scan service to these individuals, we are now enabling a new level of visibility into the code quality of the open-source projects, which they are including in their software supply chain." Samocha added.

You can read 2013 Coverity Scan Open Source Report here.

Saurabh Singh, EFYTIMES News Network


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