This page explains how the packages are packaged and sorted. Additionally, it lists the version of each package used in the 1.0.alpha.1 release.
Cucumber packages are just tarballs of the package, much like Slackware & Arch Linux packages.
An x in a package version indicates that the package will automatically update to the latest x version/release. E.g. glibc 2.x indicates the latest version of glibc in the version 2 branch.
The package groups in Cucumber Linux are based off the Slackware package groups. Each package group listed here (for the most part) has a corresponding Slackware package group noted in parentheses.
This similarity is only existent to a point though. Many cucumber package groups are further broken down into up to three sub groups: base, general and extra, as denoted by the suffix. Packages that are absolutely essential to providing the basic functionality of a package group are put in the base group. Packages that are generally expected to be available, but are not essential are put in the general group. Packages that provide extra functionality are placed in the extra group.
The base system. Contains enough software to get up and running and have a text editor and basic communications programs.
Various applications that do not require the X Window System.
Program development tools. Compilers, debuggers, interpreters, and man pages.
The source code for the Linux kernel.
The K Desktop Environment. An X environment which shares a lot of look-and-feel features with the MacOS and Windows. The Qt widget library is also in this series, as KDE requires it to function.
Provides interpreters, runtimes and support for additional scripting & programming languages (eg. perl and the jre).
Networking programs. Daemons, mail programs, telnet, news readers, and so on.
The base X Window System.
X applications that are not part of a major desktop environment. For example Firefox.
The XFCE desktop environment.