intellivision and cthulhux - stop polluting the thread with offtopic and go there please.
intellivision and cthulhux - once again, *BSD is NOT Ubuntu alternative.
It is not Linux, its BSD. Similar, stuff like Haiku or HURD is not Linux.
It is not Libre software, its opensource software. Does it need explanation?
It is not noob-userfriendly. xBSD is not Ubuntu ie all-preinstalled, two-button setup, top-bottom system. Similar, Debian (netinst) is also out of the scope, but Debian desktop CD is not.
Deal with it.
Because windows is crap, they had to search for alternative.
Linux is secure, but it is too risky for them to modify it totally and not risk need to publish changes - they dislike GPL.
This is why they went with Linux-clone, that is "do what you want" licensed - ie BSD.
But it ends where it starts, because they did not build on top of BSD - they ATE BSD, together with its bones.
BSD had nothing against that. But I don't see Netflix leaving even bones, ie sketches, what they modified, to help BSD community.
They simply took BSD, consumed it, thats it - left nothing back.
If you call this "contribution" or "building upon", you are incorrect because I don't see what exactly they contributed or built upon.
What is eated is gone.
Similar with Linux is set-top-boxes where FSF let them do that.
What already pointed out - "TANGLU" is good Ubuntu alternative, as in Debian formed in special way.
Linux Mint Debian is not good (yet), I know there was release yesterday.
It is "wave release". Debian is rolling release.
But the problem is about sync'ing them, LMDE packages are risk to mix with Debian ones due to this.
This forces a requirement for LMDE to manage whole Debian tree on its own. And tree is huge. I also had to notice the hard way, that it was not complete.
It is also still not fully completed configure-wise.
Right now I think the best 1:1 Ubuntu alternative based on packages, community, ripeness, method - is Magea.