__/ [ rapskat ] on Saturday 13 May 2006 18:42 \__
> On Sat, 13 May 2006 14:06:08 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Bounty for Vista coders who squish bugs at home
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | A top Microsoft engineer has thrown out a weekend challenge to the |
>> Windows Vista team: Find and fix a bug in the current code and earn
>> $100. |
>> | The employee who installs the latest Vista build at home and |
>> squashes the most bugs before Monday will get an extra $500. `----
>> Only $100 per bug for a project of that scale?!?! Oh, well. I guess
>> there is a limited budget of one billion dollars on that bug hunt...
> If any other proof was needed as to why Open Source Software development
> model is vastly superior to the proprietary, commercial closed model -
> this has *got* to be it.
See my answer to Linonut. In hindsight, I forgot to mention a key point:
In close-source development models, there are less eyes watching the code.
Open Source is the very contrary to this. That's a guaranteed fact if your
code is almost as popular as Windows, e.g. Apache, Firefox.
The ability of a developer to deliberately leave a bug or a loophole and
tact and then compile to binary (eq. sweep under capret) is vastly
degraded in Open Source development. What's more, the code must be
properly structured and documented. Along with the executables, there will
remain this public 'artwork', which is the code. Nobody likes to project a
mess and obscure code is nothing to brag about.
> Though it does answer a long standing question as to why Windows is so
> buggy...apparently because there just wasn't enough incentive for the
> developers to fix it. Reminds me of that scene from "Office Space".
The one where that dude won't fix the millennium bug for ages? Or pretend
it's harder than it truly is just to earn some more time (*space* to
breathe)? I liked that film very much. I had a job interview the following
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