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Open source trounces proprietary software for code defects, Coverity analysis finds

John E Dunn | April 21, 2014
Forget bad headlines generated by the Heartbleed flaw, when it comes to code defects open source is still well ahead of proprietary software, generating fewer coding defects for every size of project, according to a new analysis by scanning service Coverity.

Coverity had fixed 50,000 defects in 2913 alone, the largest number for any years so far. Eleven thousand of these were in the largest projects using the service, NetBSD, FreeBSD, LibreOffice and Linux, he said.

"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," said Samocha.


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