Linux Mint is depended on Ubuntu and two distributions have much in similar. Both use the identical repository. For example, release 6 ("Felicity") uses the set of packages used by Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex (8.10). Most packages are an equivalent in both distributions, and from version 6, each release of Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, while formerly they were based on the preceding version of Linux Mint. Linux Mint is focusing on sophistication, and includes a number of applications that is not present in Ubuntu, and vice versa. Mint has some design differences compared to Ubuntu, for example:
- A dissimilar user interface, including a customizable main menu.
- An unusual approach to update management.
- A set of applications designed to make system management and system administration straightforward for end users.
- A different software packages installed by default and a little variations in system configuration.