FreeBSD & Linux distro

Drew Tomlinson drew at
Thu Feb 21 20:32:08 UTC 2008

Heiko Wundram (Beenic) wrote:
> Am Donnerstag, 21. Februar 2008 15:58:51 schrieb James Harrison:
>>>> 8. Most extensive collection of third party software (over 18000 ) only
>>>> second to Debian.
>>> Looking back at it, I'm surprised I didn't mention that.
>> Gentoo has over 24 thousand ebuilds, where an ebuild is their equivalent
>> of a port:
> Err, don't confuse ebuilds with packages. A package is a piece of software 
> (which is the equivalent of a port), whereas an ebuild is an install script 
> for a specific version of a package. Normally, there's more than one version 
> of a package (more than one ebuild) available for a package, which makes the 
> ebuild count higher than the FreeBSD ports count, but the package count lower 
> (somewhere above 12000).
> This doesn't count slotted ebuilds: for example, Gentoo has just one gtk 
> package, which contains several ebuilds for slot 12 which is gtk-1.2.x and 
> several ebuilds for slot 20, which is gtk-2.x (different slots are treated as 
> different packages by the system internally), whereas FreeBSD has a gtk12 and 
> a gtk20 port, which installs the respective versions.
> So, basically whatever numbers you take, they can't be compared directly 
> anyway, but I guess that the number of ports is still higher than the Gentoo 
> amortized package count would be.

And also be aware that many utilities included in the FreeBSD base 
system are ebuilds in the Gentoo world.  tcpdump and top are just two 
examples I can think of off the top of my head.



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