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Old 09-09-2005, 09:39 AM   #1
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maximum packages in a distro

Anyone have a suggestion on which distro comes with the most precompiled packages availabe. I know that i can always add more packages but I am looking for a distro that comes with the most software available directly after installing it. Currently I think that using knoppix's installer feature gives the most, any body care to comment. I would love to hear your suggestions.
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Oh, I dunno... how many CD's is Debian up to these days, or Red Hat? And how many more packages are out there on places like Freshmeat?.

It's a fine idea to get a distro with lots of packages, and "install 'em all," and spend the next however-many years studying them. But "the most" might be a big number. . .
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Well, Debian Testing currently has about 16900 packages on 14 CDs or 2 DVDs; Debian Unstable has about 2000 more (packages, not CDs ).
But as was said above, don't go after the number of packages but after your needs and preferences when choosing a distribution. If there is a package missing, you can still install it from source.
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If I enable all of the repositories in my sources.list I have almost 25000 packages.

If there is something you can't seem to find you can always search
or search

Like everyone else has said you are better off finding a distro that meets all of your needs rather than worrying about which has the most packages.

SuSe comes with a ton of apps also. As does Mandriva.

You can always compile from source or use alien to convert a package to whatever form the distro you choose uses.
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There are some 15 000 packages for Debian which I think is the biggest of any Linux distro.


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