internetnews.com: Study Finds Fewer Flaws in Open-Source Code
Dec 17, 2003, 14:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clint Boulton)
"Code quality in a version of the MySQL open-source database was
found to be six times superior to that of comparable proprietary
code, according to a recent study of open-source software products
by tech development firm Reasoning.
"The results of the study come at a time when fierce debate
rages as to whether open-source software, such as the Linux
operating system, is safer, or more secure than proprietary
products such as Microsoft Windows.
"Although Windows has been the favorite target of criticism over
its numerous security patches in recent years, commercial software
proponents and even analysts note that open-source software can
also be less secure than its commercial counterparts..."