Let's say I use Linux Mint, and I have a question that is not specific to mint, but is specific to Debian. should I tag it linux-mint, ubuntu, debian? or maybe debian-base? I'm thinking maybe we should have a tag for noting that it comes from a base distro or upstream distro even though we may not be using that distro. Any thoughts on the matter?

this diagram allows us to determine base distro's.

Another example is, for the most part any Sabayon user asking a portage question would also apply to Gentoo.


  • Nice diagram, but it took me a good 10 minutes to find arch..
    – Stefan
    Sep 12, 2010 at 12:08
  • @Stefan yeah, tbh I have an idea for most of them off the top of my head. however... you could use your browser search to find it ;) Arch is generally considered a -base distro IMO, I can't think of who their upstream would be. Sep 12, 2010 at 12:15
  • My general rule of thumb would be... does this distro have an upstream distro and is it relevant to them as well. Sep 12, 2010 at 12:17
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    image is out-of-date right? I mean, where is Arch Hurd?
    – Stefan
    Oct 28, 2010 at 19:28
  • @Stefan I couldn't say who updates it or how... so probably it's on wikipedia Oct 28, 2010 at 22:42

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Is there a difference between a Sabayon user asking a Portage question and a Gentoo user asking a Portage question? If not I would just tag it [portage] [gentoo]. There doesn't seem to need to be a separate [gentoo-base] if the answers are going to be the same, it just fragments the tag.

It is important that the community retag questions that are tagged incorrectly, like [sabayon] [portage] if the question has nothing to do with [sabayon] specifically (I can see leaving [sabayon], but it should almost certainly have [gentoo] as well), which is why the rep limit for retagging is so massively low

  • it depends... there may be a difference... sabayon has its own packages in some cases. I was just throwing out some examples. I suppose this is as much of a question do we tag with both sabayon and gentoo? or just tag based on what the user is using. Sep 12, 2010 at 17:17
  • There will certainly be cases (like things that apply to debian) apply to 100 other distro's Sep 12, 2010 at 17:18
  • I suppose one of my thoughts (fears?) is that people will watch the [ubuntu] tag when they could/should be watching [debian] do you think that will not be a problem? Sep 12, 2010 at 17:48

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