1. Built from Debian – Long before I ever touched Ubuntu, I was a fan of Debian-based distributions. Early releases of Simply Mepis, Knoppix and other distros provided casual users with an outstanding desktop Linux experience. For people who value their free time and don't spend their weekends customizing their Linux installations, the straightforward approach offered by today's Debian-based distributions offers a fast path to desktop Linux success.
Because Ubuntu was built from Debian, we know that it brings with it a history of great package management. For me personally, it was Ubuntu's Debian package management that sold me on using Ubuntu in the first place. Being familiar with apt package installations, I felt right at home with Ubuntu, as did many other users of Debian-related distros.