I was just thinking about this.
When we grow up as children, usually our first experiences stay within one family. As Linux users, we do best to do the same at first.
When we look at Ubuntu, in a way we are looking at our parent, since Mint was created from Ubuntu. But Ubuntu, being created from Debian, is like looking at a grandparent. This is why I spoke of our family resemblance.
Grandpa Debian is one of those grandfathers who has been everywhere and done everything. He looks right in cowboy chaps, getting ready to do some real dirty work, and he can dress up to give a lecture on history or science. He can even surprise you by wearing jeans and a leather jacket and taking you for a plane ride. But usually he is just very safe and secure, and we can always count on him to give us that feeling.
But we also have siblings. MoonOS comes to mind, and I like her, but somehow Enlightenment is not for me. She's pretty, alright, but I don't want to live with her daily. Crunchbang is like the brother who won't stay off motorcycles. He feels the need for speed. It comes naturally for him. He is not pretty, perhaps, but he is very good to know, since he is a bit technically oriented.
A few uncles and aunts are around. Uncle Dreamlinux is nice. So is Auntie Elive. Uncle Sidux, on the other hand, is the black sheep of the family. He's always trying to find trouble, but he is a lot of fun.
Uncle Knoppix and Auntie Mepis also come to mind. We also have a host of cousins, but as this may be getting tiresome for many I will just direct you here if you want to know more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Li ... tributions
Now running a slightly modified Debian Lenny.