There are a total of 21,652 packages installed on my home workstation, an AMD64 single core processor box which has been in use since March 2006. It runs the testing stream of Debian.
This is a good comment from the blogs at ITWire:
In June this year, I spent around a fortnight playing with a very expensive operating system – Windows Vista Ultimate. I documented my experiences , which, for the most part, were not exactly salutary. This system is said to have something like 50 million lines of code and it was the result of five years of development. Must have cost quite a bit of money to develop.
It taught me one thing – not to take free software for granted. When it comes to efficiency, speed, simplicity, and dignity, my free software system wins hands down. Never mind that I had a more powerful system on which to run Vista. When I want good looks, crashes, violations of my privacy and traffic jams, I'll opt for this Vista thing.