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Ubuntu is a Distro of Linux, Linux would refer to the kernel... I am fairly sure you don't want to download and install a base kernel... if indeed that'd actually even work... I guess it would but it wouldn't do anything!
The purists like to say the we should say Gnu/Linux, but it is quite common to call the whole system Linux. In this context, Ubuntu IS Linux--it is just one of the hundreds of versions (distributions).
As stated above, Ubuntu is one distribution (aka version or "flavor") of a linux OS, an operating system which makes use of the linux kernel. Distributions make use of the many applications developed by the people of the GNU Project. We all appreciate their contributions.
Ubuntu is a fine linux distribution. You are already using "linux", now it is simply a mater of tweaking it by installing the software you like (using "add/remove" or synaptic) and configuring those applications to your liking.