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Research Shows FOSS Bugs Get Rapid Response, Commercial Software Not So Much

Dec 13, 2009, 04:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa Hoover)

""All code is pretty bad, whether commercial or open-source, but the fixes are done more quickly and efficiently with open source. There are more eyeballs on the code, and [programmers] seem to take more pride in their work," Veracode president and chief executive Matt Moynahan told V3.co.uk.

"The security of open source software is a hotly debated subject, and often noted as a (largely unqualified) reason to avoid FOSS solutions in enterprise. In the end, it's up to each company to assess the benefits vs. risks associated with whatever software choices are made, be it open source or commercial. The takeaway message from this study is that the FOSS community is clearly responsive to reported issues and ready to act swiftly to correct them."

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