Linus's Law

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Linus's 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 after Linus Torvalds by Eric S. Raymond in his essay "The Cathedral and the Bazaar".[1] Presenting the code to multiple developers with the purpose of reaching the consensus about its acceptance is a simple form of the software reviewing. Researchers and practitioners have repeatedly shown the effectiveness of reviewing process in finding bugs and security issues,[2] and also that reviews may be more efficient than testing.

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

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