goplay is a package browser that lets you find interesting packages that you didn’t knew before. It uses DebTags (categories to describe Debian packages) to classify the packages. The package comes with some generic browsers:
- goplay Browse games.
- goadmin Browse admin packages.
- golearn Browse educational packages.
- gonet Browse networking related packages.
- gooffice Browse office packages, e.g. word processors, spreadsheets, project manager, finance managers, etc.
- gosafe Browse security packages.
- goweb Browse packages related with the web.
You can refine your search by specifying the type of package you are looking for, that is, the specific role it has. For example, gonet (the browser of networking related packages) has the following types: “Client”, “Configuration”, “Firewall”, “High Availability”, “Load Balancing”, “Routing”, “Scaning”, “Server”, “Service” and “VPN or Tunneling”. The screenshot in the right shows gonet browsing firewall packages. When you click on a package on the left pane, the right pane shows a description of the package and the DebTags (in the example, ferm, a recently featured package in this site). If a screenshot for the package is available, it is also shown.
The first and second field for classification are automatically set to “type” and “interface”, but you can change that using the options
--secondary. For example, you can prune the list of packages based on the purpose of the package using the option
--secondary=use. You can find more information about the predefined tags (also known as “facets”) in the Debian Wiki.
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