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Linus' Law according to Eric S. Raymond states that "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow." More formally: "Given a large enough beta-tester and co-developer base, almost every problem will be characterized quickly and the fix will be obvious to someone." The rule was formulated and named by Eric S. Raymond in his essay "The Cathedral and the Bazaar".[1]

Open source opponents criticize this law, assuming that the developer base may not be big enough for it to work efficiently [2] or simply declaring that they do not personally believe the law is true. [3] [4]

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Glass, Robert L. Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering. ISBN 0321117425
  3. ^ Howard, Michael and LeBlanc, David. Writing Secure Code, Second Edition. ISBN 0735617228
  4. ^ Compare Windows Server to Red Hat Enterprise Linux | Microsoft Windows Server


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