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Over time, Linux package dependencies show predator/prey relationship

Nov 23, 2011, 08:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Timmer)

"You'll frequently hear references to a "software ecosystem" on various platforms, but it's relatively rare to see someone take that sort of terminology seriously. A group of evolutionary biologists, however, has now used the tools of ecosystem analysis to look at the evolution of Debian releases, examining things like package dependencies and software incompatibility.

The team went back to 1993 and compiled statistics on every major stable release, noting the number of packages in each release and comparing it to the previous version.

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