Study Finds Fewer Flaws in Open-source Code

    Date16 Dec 2003
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    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 . . . 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.

    Reasoning Director of Marketing Thomas Fry refused to reveal the identity of the commercial products that were tested in the survey. MySQL is similar to and competes with database products such as Oracle's 9i, IBM's DB2 and Microsoft's SQL Server. Fry said the study included products from some well-known commercial vendors, as well as those that are not so well known, including makers of embedded databases.

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