Open Source Better Than Proprietary Code

On the basis of scanning million of lines of code Coverity has discovered that in 2013, the defect density in open source code was lower than that in proprietary code. This may be less than reassuring given the ongoing Heartbleed threat.

The Coverity Scan service, which was originally initiated in 2006 , with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, enables open source developers to test their Java, C and C++ code as it is written, flag defects and provide them with information needed to fis them.