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Hard and soft bounds in the evolution of Ubuntu packages. A lesson for species body masses

@article{Gherardi2013HardAS,
  title={Hard and soft bounds in the evolution of Ubuntu packages. A lesson for species body masses},
  author={Marco Gherardi and Salvatore Mandr{\`a} and Bruno Bassetti and Marco Cosentino Lagomarsino},
  journal={arXiv: Physics and Society},
  year={2013}
}
Open-source software is a complex system; its development depends on the self-coordinated action of a large number of agents. This study follows the size of the building blocks, called "packages", of the Ubuntu Linux operating system over its entire history. The analysis reveals a multiplicative diffusion process, constrained by size-dependent bounds, driving the dynamics of the package-size distribution. A formalization of this into a quantitative model is able to match the data without… 
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