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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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athomsfereCommented:
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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Fabio MarzoccaFreelancerCommented:
Ubuntu is still GREATLY influenced by Debian. A large part of the pqackages are completely synch'ed from DEbian repositories.
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MadjaxCommented:
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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ifrogz_forumAuthor Commented:
"Ubuntu is a fork of the Debian project's codebase."
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"Ubuntu packages are based on packages from Debian's unstable branch: both distributions use Debian's deb package format and package management tools (APT and Synaptic). Debian and Ubuntu packages are not necessarily binary compatible with each other, however, and sometimes .deb packages may need to be rebuilt from source to be used in Ubuntu.[16]  Many Ubuntu developers are also maintainers of key packages within Debian. Ubuntu cooperates with Debian by pushing changes back to Debian,[17]  although there has been criticism that this does not happen often enough. In the past, Ian Murdock, the founder of Debian, has expressed concern about Ubuntu packages potentially diverging too far from Debian to remain compatible.[18]  Before release, packages are imported from Debian Unstable continuously and merged with Ubuntu-specific modifications. A month before release, imports are frozen, and packagers then work to ensure that the frozen features interoperate well together."

The above information is from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_(operating_system)#History_and_development_process as retrieved 2/16/2011
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ifrogz_forumAuthor Commented:
The best answer was from information available from Wikipedia.
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