Am I really running Ubuntu?

If people ask me what distribution of Linux I run on my laptop I tell Ubuntu but in all honesty that’s not entirely true and I’ll explain that later.
I have been using Ubuntu for a couple of years, mostly because when I was looking for a distribution for my laptop it was Ubuntu which just worked out of the box, unlike Fedora or Suse. Many years have passed since that decision and things have changed with Ubuntu. The default software provided by Ubuntu has changed drastically and with the upcoming Ubuntu Lucid Lynx it will be changing even more. I didn’t like the changes the made in the past and I don’t like the changes they are making for Lucid Lynx. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate all things they change, new kernels, upstart are just a few things that I agree with. What I don’t agree with is what I like to call the dumbing down of applications and bloating of applications.
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Is there a vanilla Linux distribution?

As some of you might know I create/update packages for Ubuntu for the GetDeb project. What the project tries to accomplish is supply updated or newly created packages that aren’t in the Ubuntu repository. Ubuntu is sometimes late with updates for packages, like the official repository still has Pidgin 2.2.1 while 2.3.1 has been out for quiet a while and maybe a few days after it’s release you could download the latest version on GetDeb. One of the reasons why Ubuntu hasn’t updated their version yet is because of the focus on the new release, Hardy, and because of all the patches they create themselves.

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