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This article is about selecting packages to be included in the distribution.
Selecting by popularity rank
DrakStats can aggregate usage statistics from Mandriva users.
Freshmeat references several useful packages ratings, such as user rating, project vitality, and project popularity. It offers many backends (see http://freshmeat.net/faq/ and http://freshmeat.net/backend/):
- XML-RPC interface
- global XML data (bzipped)
- individual project data: http://freshmeat.net/projects-xml/_project_/_project_.xml
SourceForge provides statistics about the projects it hosts, such as project ranking, project activity, and downloads counts. This is available from per-project RSS feeds: http://sourceforge.net/export/rss2_projsummary.php?group_id=_group_id_
We may need a special account to mass-download from SourceForge, see A note to Open Source software researchers
Selecting by freshness of Mandriva packages
The freshness of a package may give an hint about its maintenance level.
The youri-check tool from the Youri project can compare versions of Mandriva packages with various sources such as project homepages (CPAN/Freshmeat/GNOME/RAA/SourceForge) and other distributions (Debian/Fedora/Gentoo/NetBSD).
See Youri::Check::Test::Updates::Source modules for reference about data retrieval from the various projects.