Linux code drastically improved



According to this writeup(in spanish), an analysis of linux kernel code in the 2.6.12 version compared to 2.6.9 is drastically improved.

Coverity, makes software tools that analyze source code for errors. The 2.6.9 analysis turned up 6 severe errors and 985 smaller problems. The 2.6.12 analysis uncovered no severe problems. There was an increase in small problems though to 1008. (An increase of 2.3 %), The total size of the codebase though, increased by 4.7%. Meaning the pecentage of problems to lines of code went down.

Andrew Morton, maintainter of the 2.6 series attributes Coverity’s analysis with the elimination of the major problems. (You would hope that 2.6.12 would be more solid code than 2.6.9 anyway given that in concept it’s a bugfix release.) I haven’t seen an English language version of the same article yet.

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