Software giant Free Software Foundation has released an interactive tool that lets you map out the distribution of software across the country.
The map, which you can download here, lets you zoom in on individual software releases and show which of the most popular products are distributed by which of those companies.
Its been created by software engineer Adam Waggoner and has been downloaded over 10,000 times.
It shows where every software release is found across Australia, from the smallest software developers to the largest corporations.
“We are proud to be part of the free software movement,” Adam said.
Free software is the software that is freely available and allows people to make changes to their lives without paying for it.
What is software?
The term software is used to describe any piece of software, especially hardware.
Software can be anything from programs that can be used to create hardware, to programs that allow people to perform tasks such as editing documents, or running software on other computers.
In Australia, it’s widely used as a term for a collection of software designed to help you run your own personal computing system, such as an operating system or a browser.
How do you create an Australian version of a map?
Waggoner’s project uses the data from the software map to make a rough map of the distribution.
If you zoom into a particular state, the map will show which software is available in that state.
This map is not a complete representation of the country as a whole, because there are different jurisdictions that share some of the same software.
But its a good start to start a conversation around software distribution and the ways it is being used.
Adam says he would love to see the data used for public education.
And it’s definitely something to look forward to in the future.