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Why Ubuntu users should care about Debian

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The Ubuntu Linux distribution has attracted a broad audience of Linux enthusiasts, and it's beginning to gain traction among mainstream computer users. Although Ubuntu is relatively new, it builds on the rich history and deep roots of the venerable Debian project, one of the oldest and most influential Linux distributions. The fate of the two popular flavors of Linux is as inextricably bound as their respective histories.

Although Debian is an extremely important part of Ubuntu's past and future, many new Ubuntu users know little about Ubuntu's roots and the nature of the relationship between the two distributions. In response to the numerous e-mails that I've received from inquisitive readers who are new to Linux and Ubuntu, this overview offers my own perspective on the importance of Debian and the role that Ubuntu plays in the Debian ecosystem.

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