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Re: Package count on Debian homepage

> It think that statements on the homepage and on the "why Debian?" pages
> like "Debian comes with over 37500 different pieces of software." are a
> bit misleading since newcomers will most likely interpret this as the
> number of software projects that are packaged within Debian. Counting
> the binary/non-source packages inflates the package count with
> debug/header/documentation packages.
> I think it would be more appropriate to put up a count of source
> packages. For example, in the Debian Administrator's handbook, there is
> the statement "Furthermore, with more than 17,300 source packages, the
> available software can meet almost any need that one could have, whether
> at home or in the enterprise" [1].

To be honest, I don't think that it will affect the potential user's decision much whether it says 37500 or 17300.

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