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A typical Ubuntu (or any Linux) installation is not just a kernel, it's a bunch of things- a file system, a windows manager, a set of tools and other frameworks. I would like to know what Ubuntu (or any other Linux distro for that matter) is assembled from. Where do I find this information (or alternatively- perhaps someone here could produce the list themselves)?

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Although not Ubuntu specific, reading the documentation from Linux from Scratch is useful in general for learning about how an installation could be built from the ground up. – user76204 Nov 24 '12 at 0:31
Ubuntu Packages Search: lets you browse the available packages by category. – nobar Dec 15 '13 at 22:29

Simplest method - install Ubuntu, open up the Terminal, and dpkg --get-selections > /tmp/packagelist.txt. Peruse /tmp/packagelist.txt at your leisure. If you wonder what any of those things are, apt-cache show packagename. If that's not enough information, start Googlin'.

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