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Why a 200 MB text file overloads 4gB ram
Run gedit from valgrind. This will tell you wether there are memory leaks present in your version of gedit. On my system (Ubuntu 12.04.4) this is the case. So I have to quit all instances of gedit from time to time to free all the memory.
How can a Linux OS be “based on” another Linux OS?
I think your answer is already answered. However, here is a nice graphical representation of the history of all the Linux distros that are around: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1b/…