The Guardian: If This Suite's a Success, Why Is It So Buggy?
Dec 10, 2005, 05:00 (30 Talkback[s])
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"Of all the myths that have grown up around open source
software, perhaps the most pervasive is Eric Raymond's aphorism
that 'Many eyes make bugs shallow,' suggesting that if lots of
people can view a program's source code, they will find and fix its
errors more quickly than commercial products whose code is
jealously guarded. The only problem with this is that it's not
true--certainly not in one of the flagship projects of open source,
"This project is most often quoted as the threat to Microsoft's
cash-generating Office suite. The free suite comprises a word
processor, spreadsheet and presentation program; and graphics,
equation editor and database programs if you want..."