Debtags is the replacement for the Debian package sections that scales well with the size of the archive.

It uses multiple categories per package (tags in short), chosen from a controlled vocabulary, organised borrowing principles of faceted classification.

Every tag belongs to a facet, which clearly defines its meaning and context. A facet is a point of view from which we look at the package archive.

Some facets are quite generic:

Since it is not compulsory for a package to have a tag from every facet defined by Debtags, there are facets that are specific to some particular domain or group of users:

These are some examples: there are of course many more.

These are some advantages of this system: