|GNU/Linux Distribution Timeline 12.02|
Let’s get to the point. GNU/Linux is a huge sea of code, it’s generated by a community of developers. In order to get this code to the users, developers package it in a distribution. Debian is a big huge stable Linux ( not strictly according to them ) distribution. The Debian project accomplishes the bulk of the work behind a usable stable operating system, it has everything needed to use your computer. In order to bring the variations needed to fill every niche of computing, other projects take Debian and refine it. You can use Debian for everything, granted you are up to the task of configuring the system. But it would be inefficient to do that at every install for every computer every time, easier to just install a preconfigured OS especially for the task. There are two names I recognize when looking through the gldt Debian branch, Knoppix and Ubuntu. Knoppix is something you should look at, Ubuntu you already know, vastly different but both Debian! Then of course you want to make sure that the more specialized needs of the users are also catered for, Ubuntu comes in two versions, one for the desktop and one for the server. Then there are distributions based on Ubuntu in the same way that Ubuntu is based on Debian, a very popular one is linuxMint. A strange linuxMint version is the LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition(The distro I am currently on!(it's good))), but all linuxMint is Debian based, and everything Ubuntu based is Debian based. PeppermintOS is as much Debian as 64studio and XBMCbuntu, they are all Debian!
Some Ubuntu fan boys are crying right now ( and yes, Ubuntu is so big that it has its own fan boys )! What you need to realize is that if Debian dies, the workload for the Ubuntu people will jump so far that they will have to turn to another Linux distro to take code from ( no offence ). So if you like Ubuntu or linuxMint or any other Debian based distro, click here!