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Ubuntu and Debian

Is Ubuntu still influenced from Debian, or have they forked. If so, in what manner. Please explain.

That's why Mark Shuttleworth gathered a small team of developers from one of the most established Linux projects – Debian - and set out to create an easy-to-use Linux desktop, Ubuntu.
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Ubuntu is still based off of Debian, and the debian installers and packages all work out of the box.

The Ubuntu 'split' was more to make a Linux distro for everyone, a Windows-esque version that is nice to look at, easy to install and run, and compatiable with darn near everything Linux.
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Ubuntu is still GREATLY influenced by Debian. A large part of the pqackages are completely synch'ed from DEbian repositories.
Here is some changes that is going to happen soon in Ubuntu: Ubuntu moving away from X11 and Gnome.

Gnome replaced by Unity
X11 replaced by Wayland

Source: http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/551

The core will still be Debian based, but the Graphical User Interface will be different

/MadJax
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