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Linux: Introducing Bugs

Jun 22, 2007, 08:15 (4 Talkback[s])

"In another thread discussing the tracking of kernel regressions, Linux creator Linus Torvalds noted that the kernel is evolving so quickly it is inevitable that bugs will be introduced. He used a git query to determine that there are an average of over 65 patches being committed every single day, 'that translates to five hundred commits a week, two _thousand_ commits per month, and 25 thousand commits per year. As a fairly constant stream. Will mistakes happen? Hell *yes*.' He continued on to add, 'and I'd argue that any flow that tries to 'guarantee' that mistakes don't happen is broken. It's a sure-fire way to just frustrate people, simply because it assumes a level of perfection in maintainers and developers that isn't possible.' He then offered a number of calculations based on the number of lines of code added in the past 100 days..."

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