Xubuntu rebasing on Debian

Per the @XubuntuLinux tweet, Xubuntu is officially going to be based on Debian over Ubuntu.

It’s too early to give further details yet, but rebasing will happen with the 12.10 release. The whole Xubuntu team is very excited about this. With the rebasing, we are able to provide even lighter release than with 12.04.

Parallel to the migration to Debian, and as a logical step after changing our logo, we are thinking of changing the name of the “new Xubuntu”, too. We welcome any name suggestions at Twitter or as comments to this post – let your creativity fly!

More information will follow soon in our Twitter feed as well as our website. Keep checking the updates!

Update: Some relevant logs can be found at the Ubuntu irclogs for #xubuntu-devel – see the discussion starting at 8:30PM.
Another update: Wrapping up the name suggestions: Xebian, Xubian and DXubuntu are great suggestions, but the winner is @benonsoftware with AprilFoolsOS! We are truly sorry for any inconvenience caused… While Xubuntu is not rebasing against Debian, the team will continue their efforts with keeping Xubuntu lightweight in the 12.10 cycle too.


  1. Cassio
    April 1, 2012

    Debian 6 or 7 ?

  2. Joel Pickett
    April 1, 2012

    Nice try :)

  3. allenbeme
    April 1, 2012

    What will be your release schedule? Will you try a rolling release?

  4. Fitoschido
    April 1, 2012

    Why? Canonical should then remove its support to you team.

  5. Fitoschido
    April 1, 2012

    Oh damn, I always forget what day is today… =D

  6. Otto
    April 1, 2012

    Thanks for the joke. You already had made me confused/mad until I noticed the post date.

  7. Mark Unwin
    April 1, 2012

    Xebian FTW !

  8. Wajdi
    April 1, 2012

    Why ? We already have LMDE-Xfce and Saline-OS. Why another Debian-Xfce when there is no Xubuntu equivalent ?
    Please read LMDE section in Mint forum. LMDE is a great distro but it’s not as user-friendly as Mint main edition (ubuntu based) and it definitively needs some “geeks” skills. Even more, it’s organically tied to Gnome. Last months there was huge complains in forum because the there has been no updates to LMDE for months (that mains security holes being not fixed etc.). Why ? Because dev’s was waiting for Gnome3 packages to be stable enough to push them in LMDE.
    I have switched from Mint Xfce to Xubuntu when Mint team decided to buid Mint Xfce on Debian. If Xubuntu disappears, I will have to install Xfce on Mint Gnome edition or on Ubuntu itself.

  9. Pasi Lallinaho
    April 1, 2012

    Wajdi, please check the other comments as well as your calendar.

  10. Manish Sinha
    April 1, 2012

    Maybe you missed the other news too. Debian is planning to rebase itself on Ubuntu.

  11. Mark Wiygul
    April 1, 2012

    “Constance” would be a great operating system name

  12. istok
    April 2, 2012

    alright, it’s that day fools try to crack a joke. great. but seriously:
    xubuntu is already “based on debian” – or do you think ubuntu is some sort of independently developed distro, and not a customization of debian?

  13. Pasi Lallinaho
    April 2, 2012

    Yes, Xubuntu is already based on Debian via Ubuntu, but not in as direct way as the fake news suggested.