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The use of open source software is becoming more and more predominant and it is important that the reliability of this software are evaluated. Even though a lot of researchers have tried to establish the failure pattern of different packages a deterministic model for evaluating reliability is not yet developed. The present paper details a simplified model for evaluating the reliability of the open source software based on the available failure data. The methodology involves identifying a fixed number of packages at the start of the time and defining the failure rate based on the failure data for these preset number of packages.
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