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I am currently looking for a website or a tool that would allow me to compare the package state of a particular software in different Linux distributions.

For instance, which version of gimp is provided by Mint, Ubuntu, Debian Sid and Fedora 18?

An immediate interest would be to be able to avoid reinventing the wheel when packaging software (for instance re-use patches from other distros).

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whohas package (link) may help you.


% whohas pidgin|grep "pidgin "
MacPorts    pidgin                                 2.10.6                                             
Slackware   pidgin                                 2.7.11-i486-3sl                           
Slackware   pidgin                                 2.7.0-i486-1                            
Slackware   pidgin                                 2.7.0-i486-1                          
OpenBSD     pidgin                                 2.9.0-gtkspell          8.3M                                 
OpenBSD     pidgin                                 2.9.0              8.3M 16-Aug-201                           
Mandriva        pidgin                             2.10.6-0.1.i586                                    
Fink        pidgin                                 2.10.6-1                                           
FreeBSD     pidgin                                 2.10.6                             net-im          
FreeBSD     e17-module-everything-pidgin           20111128                           x11-wm          
NetBSD      pidgin                                 2.10.6nb5          10M  2012-12-15 chat            
Ubuntu      pidgin                                 1:2.10.0-0ubuntu2. 695K            oneiric         
Ubuntu      indicator-status-provider-pidgin       0.5.0-0ubuntu1     7K              oneiric         
Debian      pidgin                                 2.7.3-1+squeeze3   706K            stable          
Debian      pidgin                                 2.10.6-2           591K            testing         
Debian      indicator-status-provider-pidgin       0.6.0-1            33K             testing         
Source Mage funpidgin                              2.5.0                              test                      
Source Mage funpidgin                              2.5.0                              stable                    
Source Mage pidgin                                 2.10.6                             test                      
Source Mage pidgin                                 2.10.5                             stable                    
Gentoo      pidgin                                 2.10.6                                              
Gentoo      pidgin                                 2.10.4                                              
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+ It also shows what other Unices have! – taffer Jan 24 '13 at 12:20
Great, exactly what I was looking for. Thanks! – Thomas Moulard Jan 25 '13 at 1:05
Must be a really good package, I should start using it :) – sendmoreinfo Jan 28 '13 at 21:01 is also for comparing popular package versions in several distros.It also provides "lag" between upstream release and distro release, which is interesting to see.

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The closest thing I've come across to a tool like this is - Linux Software Catalog and Packages Search The is created to provide you with the simplest method of searching and downloading the newest versions of the best Linux software - without the usual excessive popups or spyware. Also use it to find alternatives to commercial packages with expensive licensing fees and complicated restrictions.


  • Search for RPM, DEB, TGZ, TXZ packages from well-known repositories of the Archlinux, Fedora, CentOS, RHEL, Scientific Linux, Debian, Ubuntu, openSUSE, Mandriva, Mageia and Slackware distributions;
  • Packages search by name, filename, summary, description, requires, provides, files and directories;
  • Powerful packages browser (summary, description, files, requires, provides, changelog, etc.);
  • Install Howtos for all available repositories;
  • Free Software Catalog;
  • RSS & Twitter;
  • Fast servers to make your packages search as fast as possible;
  • All packages are downloaded only from the official repositories!
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Seems nice! Would have been better if we regroup packages per project using upstream/source name (to avoid having 3/4 packages per project: dev, doc, dbg, etc.). Anyway, thanks and sorry cannot upvote your answer yet. – Thomas Moulard Jan 24 '13 at 5:09
Love this site! It'd be even better if it had some way to link common package names across distros and coorelate this with popularity stats & data (e.g.: The Ubuntu Popularity Contest data) – TrinitronX Sep 8 '14 at 21:52
@TrinitronX - Feed that back to the maintainers of that site. I'm sure they'd be interested in ideas for making the site better! – slm Sep 8 '14 at 22:12

Distrowatch has a table show what versions of software specific distros include. If you open your preferred distos in different tabs you can see what version of GIMP they have.

Here's Mint, Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora, there's a radio button to choose between seeing only the major packages and all packages. Select all packages if your package isn't on the major package list.

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Unfortunately, from I have seen, only the most popular packages are available, it's a pity they don't index more data... – Thomas Moulard Jan 24 '13 at 5:07
Be careful because development releases are often included (Cauldron, Tumbleweed, Rawhide etc.). – Simon Hoare Jan 24 '13 at 12:11

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