The chicken or the egg: Ubuntu on

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A few minutes ago, I went to The first thing I noticed was that releases is a symlink to mirror/ubuntu-releases/. Is Ubuntu that important to consume GNOME's bandwidth?

Incidentally, is hosted by Red Hat, Inc., whereas is hosted by Umea University, Sweden, but is this a reason for GNOME to mirror Ubuntu, Ubuntu, and Ubuntu only, from all the distros that include GNOME?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? GNOME or Ubuntu?

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