Operating systems

Reliability Issues in Open Source Software

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Executive Summary

Open Source software in recent years has received great attention amongst software users. The success of the Linux Operating system, Apache web server, Mozilla web browser etc. demonstrates Open Source Software Development (OSS) as an alternative form of software development. Despite the phenomenal success of Open Source Software the reliability of OSS is often questioned. The opponents of open source software claim that open source software is unreliable as the source code of OSS is available and the potential threats can easily be incorporated. Whereas the supporters claim OSS to be more reliable than proprietary software as the source code is open and freely available for scrutiny for all. This paper analyzes the reliability issues of open source software in contrast to the proprietary software.

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