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Eliminating Device Driver Defects in Linux
Coverity Continues Support of Open Source Projects with New Analysis of Linux and FreeBSD

"The quality of Linux is already extremely good. Coverity and Digeo are working to make the already excellent Linux OS even better," said Seth Hallem, CEO of Coverity, as he today announced that Coverity and Digeo are working together on research and development to identify and eliminate device driver defects in Linux.

In a December 2004 study of the Linux kernel, Coverity found 985 software defects in 5.7 million lines of code, or an average of 0.17 defects per 1,000 lines of code. Digeo and Coverity as now working together to eliminate these defects from the Linux code base.

 "We want to emphasize that the Linux code base is larger and has more driver support than FreeBSD. Coverity is releasing research results in an open manner to help the open source development community, not as a direct comparison of Linux and BSD," Hallem added. He helped grow Coverity from a two-person startup to the enterprise software company it is today. Working with the Stanford Computer Science Laboratory team under Dr. Dawson Engler (pictured), he was one of the principal architects and implementers of Coverity’s source code analysis product.

"Coverity's source code analysis solutions help us isolate quality and security vulnerabilities in software," said Toby Farrand, chief technology officer for Digeo. "Our work with Coverity is just one of many activities we engage in to continuously improve Linux and ensure it remains the operating system of choice for embedded systems applications."

About Jeremy Geelan
Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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