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Ubuntu, Debian and other Linux things that confuse me a little

I just read a newsy post about Ubuntu 15.04’s release and Debian 8.0’s release tomorrow and it reminded me about something that I’m curious about as a Linux user: is it possible to run Debian on top of Ubuntu or are they mutually exclusive? Is it more appropriate to talk about replacing Ubuntu’s UI with GNOME? I think I remember something about Ubuntu being based on Debian?

(Did I just commit some form of heresy?)

From what little I understand, part of an Ubuntu experience is the underlying system and another part is almost like a skin that can be swapped out for, say, Mint. I’m just not very clear on how this stuff all works. Any insights for a newbie?

By Paul

Enthusiast, writer, Happiness Engineer at Automattic. I take photos too. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad.

2 replies on “Ubuntu, Debian and other Linux things that confuse me a little”

Nathan Jeffery – George, South Africa – Results driven, technology strategist and business enthusiast. Fuelled by artisan coffee, I work remote, consulting on product development and infrastructure.
Nathan Jeffery says:

Ubuntu is built on top of Debian.
Mint is built on top of Ubuntu.

We run Debian servers in production and Mint machines for developer workstations. 🙂

Paul Jacobson – Modiin, Israel – Enthusiast, writer, Happiness Engineer at @automattic. I take photos too. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad.
Paul says:

Thanks!

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