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Why Are There So Many Bugs In The Linux Kernel?

blackneos940

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So anywho, I'm in a Facebook Linux users group, and someone gave me a link to a page that lists many (possible ALL) bugs currently (at that time) in the Linux Kernel..... It was disheartening, to say the least..... :( Why is this.....? :( What about Linus' Law.....? :( Thank you for any replies guys..... :)
 


Condobloke

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Where is the link ?
 

dos2unix

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The Linux kernel is pretty stable these days. Look at the server market share of Linux vs any other operating system. Also how often do other operating systems like Windows and MacOS have patches and security updates? This wouldn't be needed if they didn't also have bugs.

There was a time when any new hardware always had drivers written for windows first. This is no longer always the case, Believe it or not, there are some hardware devices that have drivers for Linux but not windows, when you are the first to do something, it's not always perfect.

We have about 6,000 Redhat servers that have really only had two kernel patches this year.
Wanna guess how many security patches and updates the Windows team has had to deal with?
 

rado84

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So anywho, I'm in a Facebook Linux users group, and someone gave me a link to a page that lists many (possible ALL) bugs currently (at that time) in the Linux Kernel..... It was disheartening, to say the least..... :( Why is this.....? :( What about Linus' Law.....? :( Thank you for any replies guys..... :)
Linux kernel has significantly less bugs/vulnerabilities than Windows 10 has. The bugs/vulnerabilities of the latter keep growing every day and I'm talking about the critical level bugs. It is also known that Windows has one major vulnerability that Microsoft hasn't bothered to fix for at least 10 years. <-- For this article you're gonna have to use online translation since this website doesn't offer English language, as far as I know.
Currently Linux kernel has 614 vulnerabilities in the orange level which means certain things must occur for the vulnerability to be exploitable. Therefore 80-90% of the regular users (desktop users) have nothing to worry about.
Currently there are no red level (critical) vulnerabilities for Linux kernel.
Whereas Windows 10 has 845 red level (critical) vulnerabilities which means anyone can hack it anytime, if they wanted to.
 

blackneos940

Active Member
Linux kernel has significantly less bugs/vulnerabilities than Windows 10 has. The bugs/vulnerabilities of the latter keep growing every day and I'm talking about the critical level bugs. It is also known that Windows has one major vulnerability that Microsoft hasn't bothered to fix for at least 10 years. <-- For this article you're gonna have to use online translation since this website doesn't offer English language, as far as I know.
Currently Linux kernel has 614 vulnerabilities in the orange level which means certain things must occur for the vulnerability to be exploitable. Therefore 80-90% of the regular users (desktop users) have nothing to worry about.
Currently there are no red level (critical) vulnerabilities for Linux kernel.
Whereas Windows 10 has 845 red level (critical) vulnerabilities which means anyone can hack it anytime, if they wanted to.
Well then!..... :) Thanks for your insight!..... :) Without even checking the Article (I actually will), lemme guess: according to my Penguiny friend in N.Y., it's a bug with the Windows Calculator!..... :D Anywho, I'm quite surprised that a Linux Users Group user would post something that would install FUD..... :\ It's a great group, but.....
 

blackneos940

Active Member
The Linux kernel is pretty stable these days. Look at the server market share of Linux vs any other operating system. Also how often do other operating systems like Windows and MacOS have patches and security updates? This wouldn't be needed if they didn't also have bugs.

There was a time when any new hardware always had drivers written for windows first. This is no longer always the case, Believe it or not, there are some hardware devices that have drivers for Linux but not windows, when you are the first to do something, it's not always perfect.

We have about 6,000 Redhat servers that have really only had two kernel patches this year.
Wanna guess how many security patches and updates the Windows team has had to deal with?
Yeah, I bet they have a lot on their plate..... :D My Penguiny friend in N.Y. said that if Microsoft made their Code for Windows NT (the base of modern Windows) public, and perhaps Open Source, they would be laughed at..... Now, I'm not a great Programmer, but methinks thar be some Spaghetti Code in there somewhere..... ;)
 

wizardfromoz

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G'day Adam - last I heard there were over 1,000,000 lines of code in the LInux Kernel - not sure of what schmuck had to count them.

Linus' right-hand man, lieutenant if you will, is Matthew Garrett.

Linus or Matthew sign off against every change to the Linux Kernel. I reckon they do a pretty good job.

Matthew, amongst many other accomplishments, is the author and maintainer of

shim

... which is the protocol which allows Linux Distros to get authority to load on a Windows computer.

He has come to loggerheads with Intel over unfair practices (and won), just as Linus has vented against Nvidia - so it's good to see they are fighting for the wonderful world of FOSS :D

Avagudweegend, all

Wiz
 

blackneos940

Active Member
G'day Adam - last I heard there were over 1,000,000 lines of code in the LInux Kernel - not sure of what schmuck had to count them.

Linus' right-hand man, lieutenant if you will, is Matthew Garrett.

Linus or Matthew sign off against every change to the Linux Kernel. I reckon they do a pretty good job.

Matthew, amongst many other accomplishments, is the author and maintainer of

shim

... which is the protocol which allows Linux Distros to get authority to load on a Windows computer.

He has come to loggerheads with Intel over unfair practices (and won), just as Linus has vented against Nvidia - so it's good to see they are fighting for the wonderful world of FOSS :D

Avagudweegend, all

Wiz
Thanks Wiz.....! :3 Yeah, again, I'm not sure why that guy on Facebook posted that..... :\ I can see a sense of caution, but to make it sound that BAD, well..... :\
 

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