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Today at school I got in to an argument with a friend. I said Linux was more stable and he said Windows was. He then went on to say that Microsoft has 50,000 engineers constantly "updating" it. So I wonder, are there any official figures on the number of Linux developers?

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Flawed arguement...
1) Define "Stable".
2) Numberr of application developers is entirely different from number of OS architects and developers.
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I think he means bug free and "works properly."
And to answer 2, I think he means the actual people coding the OS itself.
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I think he means bug free and "works properly."
And to answer 2, I think he means the actual people coding the OS itself.
It really not that simple.

1) Bugs can only sometimes be found if people are looking for them. Linux by design is more secure than Windows but more people are probing Windows for holes. Works properly is relatively. If you have a simple OS with only 10 features and 1 is broken.... is it better than an OS with 50,000 features and 100 are broken?
2) Number of people is not the same as number of hours worked though. Is it better to have 10,000 developers working 8hrs/week or 5000 developers working 40hrs/week? Also, how good are the developers?
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Linux is updated more often than Windows, which makes it more stable and secure.

I don't know the count of Linux Developers, because I think it is because Linux is community supported, but then it has less games and applications, and harder to configure.
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Linux is updated more often than Windows, which makes it more stable and secure.
If an OS is updated more.... is it really more stable? Updates change functionality and code which may cause some programs to function incorrectly.
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Defining Linux is going to be hard. Stability is what you want it to be in Linux. You can go with Debian or RHEL and be very stable. You can go cutting edge and maybe remain stable, looking at you, Arch You can go crazy and bleeding edge building your own everything and mess stuff up constantly. How many Linux devs? Hm, that's an ever changing question. Since most of them are doing it on their own time, and likely not getting paid for it, the numbers are always fluctuating. I've seen probably 30-40 different devs come and go just on the tiny project I've been a part of the past 2 years. They drift in, contribute what they can, and move on to another project whenever they feel the urge. Do you want to count everyone? From the highest RHEL and SUSE devs down to the littlest guy? The 13yo kid that writes his own browser and contributes it so another guy can look at it and go hm, I can do that? Do we count the Android devs, since technically its linux-based? Can we count the BSD devs as well? What about Apple devs, since its based on BSD code? So many things to take into consideration
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Today at school I got in to an argument with a friend. I said Linux was more stable and he said Windows was. He then went on to say that Microsoft has 50,000 engineers constantly "updating" it. So I wonder, are there any official figures on the number of Linux developers?

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what are you calling linux exactly?

are we talking about kernel development? gnu core/utilities/lib/etc development? Desktop development, other programs/tools development?

or should we enter into distro development, where they take all the pieces and put them together?

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Linux is updated more often than Windows, which makes it more stable and secure.

I don't know the count of Linux Developers, because I think it is because Linux is community supported, but then it has less games and applications, and harder to configure.
linux is constantly in development, a lot of time the code they release, is unstable/experimental and the only way to test is to put it out there and hope it doesn't cause to much hassle.

the code is constantly being refined/patched.
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Really anything to do with Linux. Kernel/ gnu core/ utilities... etc.
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There isn't a true way to proving one or the other. However, for servers the main goal is stability, is it not? Are there more people who have selected a form of GNU/Linux or Windows to run on their servers? There are other factors than stability, and correlation != causation, however I think that speaks for itself.
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