'(This seems to be turning into a Debian discussion: New post, perhaps?) Uh, Sabayon is Gentoo, not Debian.'
Cheers Bob, I'm aware of this.
My point is this: As LinuxMint has 'her' roots in Debian, & as I've heard rumours of a possible move to a more definite basis in Debian rather than Ubuntu, is it worth a new thread?
Ubuntu seems to be becoming (inevitably) more 'singular', in that (according to 'Ubuntu User' issue 05) only Ubuntu main & Kubuntu are accorded LTS status, & certain '<xyz>buntu'/'Ubuntu <xyz> edition' distros have been required to change their names & drop the '(U)buntu': quite rightly so IMHO, because sectarianism/factionalism is obviously antithetical to the universal ideology of 'Ubuntu' (I've actually seen complaints about the African theme & start-up music on one forum
), although others have not been censured.
However, if such singularisation by Ubuntu led to LinuxMint no longer having ease of access to Ubuntu's repositories, a move to a more definite basis in Debian would seem a natural move, rather than shifting base completely, e.g. to RPM. CrunchBang#!
has moved to a Debian base, & it is perhaps inevitable to move to Debian, whether the idea of too singular a distro loses its appeal, or just because 'Linuxers' can't keep out of the sweet-shop (candy store).