Mapping a universe of open source software  ↦

The repositories of distributions such as Debian and Nixpkgs are among the largest collections of open source (and some unfree) software. They are complex systems that connect and organize many interdependent packages.

Is it possible to capture the large scale features of such a repository in an image? Are there common design choices of the contributors? Did they lead to any emergent structure?

This work resulted in some beautiful (and interesting) visualizations. Here’s a sneak peak 👇

Mapping a universe of open source software


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