Is something like Debian itself Debian-based? Your answer to this philosophical question divides into two interesting camps of logic.
- One is that a thing is most similar to itself therefore is always based on itself. The set of things similar to a thing would contain that thing.
- The other is the idea that identity and similarity are completely separate concepts. The prototype in this latter thinking is not part of the set that classifies things into the set defined by the prototype.
It is not like asking what is the closest star to Earth (Sol, or the sun). It is more like asking what is the closest planet to the Earth. (Insert car analogy here.)
For sake of argument assume a planet is just something in the heavens that can be seen by naked eye and that moves daily against said heavens
- If you say the Earth then your programs and logic will adequately handle the 0.0 coordinate case with the same logic as anything else.
- If you say Luna, the moon, then you need to take special care for the degenerate case. Beware that you don't send people to the coast of Africa or the middle of America, depending on rounding errors.
All of this is without touching on important questions like is Debian made from Wood? Does it float? And does Debian weight as much as a duck? (No but only if you use rare double-sided, double-layer DVDs.)