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?






2 responses to “Ubuntu, Debian and other Linux things that confuse me a little

  1. Nathan Jeffery avatar

    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. 🙂

    1. Paul avatar


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