Bionic based on Linux Mint 18.3?

I’ve been using Linux Mint for several years now. But now I decided to go to Ubuntu as the terms of Ubuntu changed.

So I downloaded “ubuntu-18.04-desktop-amd64.iso” and installed it. I installed a few programs that I’m fond of.

But now i began optimizing the system itself. And now things slowly began to confuse me. Several places the system told me that my system is Linux Mint 18.3. That’s pretty strange to say the least. I did a format of my partition when I did the install so leftover files from Linux Mint can’t be the issue.

I compared the 2 files from Ubuntu and Linux Mint. They aren’t of the same name and my used iso-file is of the same name that Ubuntu presents.

I did several systemcalls:

“cat /etc/lsb-release”
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION=“Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia”

“head -11 /usr/share/mintsources/rebecca/mintsources.conf”
description=Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca”


I was almost sure that somehow I got the iso of Linux Mint downloaded and installed and I was just about to do a redownload and install everything from scratch…again.

Then I wanted to make sure that the visuals agreed on my discoveries. And on

then desktop of Ubuntu looks just the same as my desktop although my system states that I’m using Linux Mint 18.3.

What’s going on here?
Is Ubuntu 18.3 somehow based on Linux Mint 18.3?
Has the mirrors of Ubuntus downloads been tampered with so some are pointing to Linux Mints servers?
How come the visuals are the same concerning the desktop?
I did all of these discoveries as I somehow noticed that there was a folder named “linuxmint” in “/usr/lib/linuxmint/mintSources/” during my updates. That’s pretty strange, too, if I’m on Ubuntu Bionic.

What’s going on here???

I’ve got my Home-directory on a partition separate from the main system. It shouldn’t have any influenze on the systemfiles on my systempartition. But I though it was worth mentioning that my Home-folder is the only thing I’ve got from my old Linux Mint (with some configuration-files on it).

Oh, by the way: as the iso of Ubuntu 18.04 destroyed my GRUB during installation (several attempts) and as “boot-repair” wasn’t able to fix it I installed the system from an iso of Ubuntu 16.04 and did a distribution-upgrade.

Another user reported a similar issue with Elementary OS but if there was a real issue here there would be many more users reporting problems of the kind you are seeing. Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu and not the other way round. Any tampering of Ubuntu downloads would have been widely reported but it hasn’t been.

If you’re looking for support regarding this issue then I would recommend using one of the official support channels listed on the Finding Help - Help and Information - Ubuntu Community Hub page as this site hasn’t been set up to deal with support issues.

Ey? So because a certain amount of users haven’t experienced this (yet) it’s just ignored…?

Your issue is not being ignored. The various Ubuntu websites exist for different purposes.

I see you have raised your issue on the forums - - if a real problem is found then you may well be advised to raise a bug report on Launchpad, yet another Ubuntu site.

Sorry but that’s the way it is.

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Closing. @paulw2u is right, this seems like a support issue inappropriate for this site.