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and moved here. Have a look around the Suggestions & New Ideas, or on the Community site; this has been suggested before quite a few times. The answer is always the same; what makes Linux Mint is the desktop environment refinements. If you strip that, you get the Ubuntu Server Edition...
Can you take Ubuntu server and re-brand it then?
Another thing that makes Mint what it is, is it doesn't follow Ubuntu's updates! Mintupdate has the packages to be updated figured out by someone at Mint I'm assuming.
You could make it Mint server, as opposed to Ubuntu server simply by forking apt-get into mint-get, and feed mintupdates into that, so we don't have Ubuntu's 50 daily updates always breaking things...