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Is the word Ubuntu in "Ubuntu Linux" over-hyped ?

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Recently I read an article lambasting or rather dissecting the role that Ubuntu has played in the Linux community and according to the author of the article titled - Ubuntu vs. Debian: What Canonical Doesn't Want You To Know , it boils down to clever marketing on the part of Ubuntu folks or in other words marketing gimmicks. In fact I see this growing dissent towards this distribution in different quarters - mind you, not from the actual users of Ubuntu who love this distribution but from people who are affiliated with or use other Linux distributions.

So as a long time Ubuntu user, I asked myself this very important question. Is the Ubuntu word over-hyped ? Is Ubuntu Linux riding on the wave of good will, on top of what this word actually mean ? And finally what makes Ubuntu Linux stand apart from the rest of the Linux distributions ?

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