Apache 2.1 -- Strange
Posted Jul 1, 2003 23:45 UTC (Tue) by iabervon
In reply to: Apache 2.1 -- Strange
Parent article: Reasoning Releases Results of a Software Code Audit of the Apache Web Server
Because they were specifically trying to determine if OSS gets written better, or if it gets debugged more effectively. The conclusion seems to be that there is not a significant difference in development, but that OSS becomes more stable as it matures. Of course, this makes sense under the "many eyes" theory, since a development version will contain a lot of code seen only by the author so far. They'd already done a study of mature software and found that OSS was substantially better, and they wanted to determine if OSS programmers were just more careful or something, or if the process caused it to improve over time.
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