A lot of people talk about Arch Linux having the best repository of all Linux based operating system.
Just for fun, let's compare some stats with Gentoo.
A: 10 931
G: 31 953
@hund Nice, I've always wanted a reason to switch to Gentoo for my daily driver.
However, I think you forgot the AUR...
@tobtobxx Making ebuilds is even easier. :)
@hund I think you need to include AUR. Also, best doesn't mean biggest, or most packages. It could also include stability, and usability. Arch documentation (IMO) is better too.
@hund I must be living under a rock since I've never heard this. All the time people seem to bring up debian/ubuntu.
@hund The "Top repositories" by various measurements (on the home page) tells a lot:
By number of projects with up to date packages
nix (nixpkgs unstable - 23338)
FreeBSD Ports - 16741
Debian+derivs (Raspbian Testing - 16708)
AUR - 13644
Fedora (Fedora Rawhide - 13371)
Gentoo - 9329
ALT Sisyphus - 8501
Mageia (Mageia Cauldron - 8250)
openSUSE (openSUSE Tumbleweed - 8216)
pkgsrc current - 8199
@hund interesting stats!
@hund after I'm done with my config, will port it to gentoo!
@hund Is Arch known for that?
But, anyway, there could be different criteria of "best". Having more packages may not necessarily mean better. It all depends on how well they are maintained.
How AUR compares with the Gentoo packages for example may also be a factor.
A good criterion would be reproducibility and Arch core is 92.4% reproducible.
It could be less of a problem for Gentoo since it is source-based. But a good majority of users (including me) would rather install a generic build.
@chozron It is. And the comparison was just to tease the diehard fans of Arch Linux a little. :)
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