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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..."

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