"Gentoo has 12,037 packages in its main repository as of this writing, which puts it among the
largest package collections. A quick check of my Fedora CVS checkout revealed roughly 5,200
packages, to put this in perspective."
I'm not sure the number of package is a good indication of the collection size. If I remember
right, at some point, gentoo started to cut xorg in hundreds of packages. The same happened to
kde. Last time I checked, Ubuntu had about a dozen of packages for each of these piece of
I also know gentoo dropped xmms way before (nov-dec 2006) Ubuntu did (just did it in 7.10).
Gentoo has a lot of advantages, but let's not get carried away by the number of packages. On
top of that, if half of the packages stay in ~arch because of a lack of developpers, it
doesn't help much.