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February 4th, 2008, 10:08 PM
Hi there I was wondering if someone could fill in the blanks.

Is ubuntu a form of debian?

jan quark
February 4th, 2008, 10:19 PM
I guess Ubuntu uses a lot of the debian packages

and it is based on the debian packet structure

February 4th, 2008, 10:23 PM
every 6 months the ubuntu devs take the debian source and build on it

February 4th, 2008, 10:30 PM
Just as Linux Mint is Ubuntu slightly modified, so Ubuntu is Debian slightly modified.

Essential a snapshot of Debian Sid (IIRC) is taken every six months and then modified and added to by Ubuntu developers.


February 4th, 2008, 10:35 PM
A good analogy may be that Ubuntu is to Debian as Mint is to Ubuntu. Where Mint takes Ubuntu and adds lots of non-free bits that many people want, Ubuntu takes Debian and adds lots of updated software that many people want. Underneath, it's still Debian but with a lot of tweaks and additions.

This is very common in Linux and other OSS software. Red Hat and Fedora are linked in a similar way, as are Sabayon and Gentoo. It's a good thing because then we all get to share in the advances made by other groups, but still get the choice of using what we want to use.

February 4th, 2008, 10:38 PM
Ubuntu is a form of Debian. Ubuntu expands on a lot of things, but it is a form of debian.

February 4th, 2008, 11:06 PM
Thanks for the info guys

February 4th, 2008, 11:08 PM
So if I am searching for some software and I find it but there is no ubuntu package i can install the debian one?

February 4th, 2008, 11:09 PM
Usually, yes, but if there's a version in Synaptic, stick with it unless you've got a real good reason.

February 4th, 2008, 11:28 PM
Mark Shuttlewort said : http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/56

Ubuntu wiki : http://www.ubuntu.com/community/ubuntustory/debian

Contributing to Debian : https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ContributingToDebian

And there there is the conflict : http://madduck.net/blog/2006.05.24:ubuntu-and-debian/

Although some make a great deal of the "conflict", truth is the two projects work close together. Since Ubuntu, Debian has changed, for the better.

Also, IMO, the "conflict" is overblown.