From their respective web sites:
Debian is a free operating system (OS) for your computer.openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server.Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that showcases the latest in free and open source software.Given this, I guess Canonical is not stretching anything when they say:Gentoo is a free operating system based on either Linux or FreeBSD that can be automatically optimized and customized for just about any application or need.
And neither Michael, of course.Super-fast and great-looking, Ubuntu is a secure, intuitive operating system that powers desktops, servers, netbooks and laptops.
Hey guys, I'm running "Guhnuh slash Linux slash ex dot org slash kay dee e slash Wine slash cute slash gee tee kay slash FireFox", an you?
Stop fscking whining.
Mr Shuttleworth should be proud of what he and his Canonical has achieved with their packaging of the GNU/Linux OS.
I don't consider the difference in packing enough for them to constitue different OS, is that so hard for you to understand?
See, no matter how much Shuttleworth has contributed "at the OS level" (a matter of discussion I guess), Ubuntu still is and OS, as opposed to, say, a table, an island or a refugee camp. I suppose your distintion would make sense if the article were a comparison between different linux distributions, where referring to them as different OSs could be considered as "stretching" it a bit. But in this case I think it's perfectly legit.calling Ubuntu an OS is also a bit of a stretch I guess, it's distro. Shuttleworth hasn't so far as I know created anything on the OS level, just modified packaging and UI