April 26th, 2012, 08:33 AM
I'm a newbie and sorry for the question - it is not quite accurate. I have just read that Ubuntu and Mint are based on Debian - I'm not sure if they are based on Debian or in some way/level exactly the same as Debian (just a different 'front end' and perhaps some extra features/enhancements). My question is - at some level, when the Download Manager 'tells you' some updates are needed/due and you update your machine, are the same updates applied to a Debian, Ubuntu and Mint machine? If (and I don't know) they all use the same kernel and there is a security update or patch update do they all get the same? Would being on a Mint machine make you 'behind' a Ubuntu machine in terms of updates or visa versa? I know Canonical own Ubuntu and assume they control/manage the Ubuntu updates - so do the owners of all three distributions management their own updates even though at times the updates might be exactly the same? This might be a stupid question! (I ask this because I've found out (I think I understand) that the Desktop environments (for a particular distribution) - e.g. Unity, Mate, XFCE, etc - sit on the same engine so in a way the machine underneath (ubuntu 10.04) is the same no matter what Desktop you have. Does the same apply at the next level up - Debian, Ubuntu, Mint).