Linux probably has fewer bugs than Windows

As a proud wearer of a ThinkGeek Linux t-shirt I found this piece of news interesting; I first read about it in the March 2005 issue of Computer Shopper magazine:

Research at Stanford University has discovered that the Linux 2.6 kernal contains only 0.17 bugs per 1,000 lines of code, which is far fewer than the average commercial software product which contains 20-30 bugs per 1,000 lines.

Linux runs to around 5.7 million (5,700,000) lines of code and when examined contained 985 bugs, many of which have now been fixed by members of the open source community. Windows XP, in contrast, contains around 40 million (40,000,000) lines of code, which suggests that it could contain anything up to 1.2 million (1,200,000) bugs.

Source: Desktop Linux.

One day I’d like a spare PC box to install Linux to. That would be fun. I’d set it up as a webserver and run Apache, and MySQL and EVERYTHING™! Mwahahahaha!!

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