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Debian GNU is Not Unix Software Linux

Evolution Of Debian Package Dependencies Resemble Predator-Prey Relationships 58

An anonymous reader writes "Scientists have performed an ecological analysis of software packages in the Debian GNU/Linux distribution over time; they found that dependencies can be successfully modeled as a predator-prey relationship."
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Evolution Of Debian Package Dependencies Resemble Predator-Prey Relationships

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  • Re:Pure nonsense (Score:5, Informative)

    by Kamiza Ikioi ( 893310 ) on Wednesday November 23, 2011 @04:26PM (#38151856) Homepage

    Once again, people versed in one discipline apply their skills to another with results that sound fancy and expensive, while really are just nonsense [].

    Not really. Trial and error is at the heart of evolution which can apply just as easily to living organisms, memes, or software (which is actually a form of meme). It just happens to work quicker on the latter. Predator-Prey relationships are merely an extension of evolution, and is all about inter-dependance. If a package depends on another, one could be considered predator, and the other prey. If development slows on that which is depended on, then the predator must find new prey or face lower numbers and/or extinction.

    The greater mistake is a myopic view of disciplines, thinking that nobody else can contribute to the understanding of another discipline except those who specialize in it.

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