Bernhard M. Wiedemann wrote:
one thing I forgot to mention since I parsed all those package databases, I noticed that openSUSE is rather on the low end of number of packages in the list of those active distributions that I found
slackware 1328 entries voidlinux 6451 entries centos 7009 entries archlinux 8259 entries opensuse 8655 entries mageia 12839 entries altlinux 17621 entries fedora 17698 entries gentoo 18519 entries debian 23914 entries ubuntu 25417 entries
IMO those numbers are not meaningful at all also because of the reasons you gave. Additionally you would have to compare the numbers of actively maintained packages.