IN BRIEF The bug hunters at Google’s Project Zero team have released their latest time-to-fix data and Linux is smashing the opposition. Between 2019 and 2021 open-source developers fixed Linux issues in an average of 25 days, compared to 83 for Microsoft and Oracle pulling last place at 109 days, albeit from a very low number of cases.
It’s a good read, and boosts Linux image over Windows and Oracle. I wonder how each Linux distri fare against one another.
Presumably depends in part on the length of the chain i.e. if you have a distro based on Ubuntu, and Ubuntu is based on Debian - then the fix may appear slightly earlier in Debian, then appear in Ubuntu, then appear in the third distro.
Even so, some distros may be faster than others and it would be good to know.
Against that, sheer speed is not always an advantage. Look at the ‘recent’ log4shell vulnerability where multiple patches had to be issued before something secure was released in the underlying package. Add to that the possibility that a rushed security fix might actually open another security hole.
Some folks go for linux for different reasons. Some want privacy, some want speed, some want something small, some want functionality, some just want to get away from windows, other just want an O/S they don’t have to pay for.
My rule of thumb (if I ony look at it as a popularity contest), just look at the default page of distrowatch.com and the most popular downloads are on the right hand column. (I don’t think they’re downloaded by bots just to bring the statistic up.)
From the responses I guess it doesn’t matter what distri updates there are, “Linux is smashing the opposition.” That is good news for me.
All of the above but I would add security to the list. And as for cost of so-called O/S, the others O/S’s are just providing ways to communicate, micro-entertain,and in exchange for the cost, users get to be leashed-up ,stalked, spied on, controlled, and at 0 extra charge. I feel one would have a lot to do to use a Linux distri the same way.
Thanks for that distrowatch.com link.
In 2021, vendors took an average of 52 days to fix security vulnerabilities reported from Project Zero. Thanks to Linux for helping to bring down the “average”. I think the ‘others’ owe Linux a thank you.
But, having looked closely at the stats, and stats are usually something we pay others to use our watch to tell us what time it is.
The up-to 2021 has Linux way in the lead if one considers the number of bugs.
If we look at total volume of Bugs, it’s great to see where Linux stands.
VendorTotal BugsAvg Days to Fix
Apple 84 69
Microsoft 80 83
Google 56 44 Linux2525
When it comes to bugs, Linux is still the least to have bugs and, if one does pop up, Linux still leads in stomping them out.
I’d wager those other O/S’s include a lot of stalkers in the O/S that are also buggy.
Too, those others are also expensive. Linux distri are free.
I see you kept yourself busy then. I was doing my local business taxes.
Otherwise I think I had security covered when I listed privacy, I was trying to be as little redundant as possible. (Is privacy inder the genus evolutionary tree of security or the other way around?) Don’t answer that, don’t want to make you too busy.
Seems like a fairly arbitrary comparison to me. I mean what constitutes “Microsoft” in that? Just the OS? Just the built in applications? All applications?
Same problem across the board. And how could one reasonably compare like to like? I mean I guess we could just compare kernel bugs except I don’t think any of those besides Linux breaks those out and once you get larger than the Linux Kernel what constitutes Linux in this comparison?
No matter where you draw the lines it’s severely biased in some way.
Also average time to resolution is different than average time of exposure, is different than… yeah I just don’t see a reasonable way to compare such disparate systems.
If I understood correctly, the scope is clear: it is security vulnerabilities (not all bugs) that are reported by Google Project Zero (not all security vulnerabilities). Basically they report the security vulnerability and then start the clock.
There are many ways in which such a comparison could be unfair but it is still interesting and if it puts a bit of pressure on other operating systems to lift their game then the world is a better place.