So in Ubuntu it doesn't happen? When I start byobu in bionic, my shell gets 
BYOBU_DISTRO set to Ubuntu:
andreas@nsnx:~$ byobu
andreas@nsnx:~$ echo $BYOBU_DISTRO 

My prompt (PS1) is "boring", though, no extra colors.

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  byobu-prompt color prompt corrupts long command lines

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