Earlier today I was browsing OSDir.com, looking at screenshots from the latest and newest Linux distributions. Well, today when I logged onto the site I got an un-expected chuckle. There is a group of people who have taken the Ubuntu Linux distribution and turned it into "Ubuntu Linux, Christian Edition." (link goes to screenshots) I got to doing some Googling and here is a quote from their site:
Ubuntu Christian Edition is a free, open source operating system geared towards Christians. It is based on the popular Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support.
The goal of Ubuntu Christian Edition is to bring the power and security of Ubuntu to Christians. Ubuntu Christian Edition is suitable for both desktop and server use. The current Ubuntu release supports PC (Intel x86).
Ubuntu Christian Edition includes more than 16,000 pieces of software, but the core desktop installation fits on a single CD. Ubuntu Christian Edition covers every standard desktop application from word processing and spreadsheet applications to web server software and programming tools.
C'mon, give me a friggin' break! Do we really need a Christian edition of Ubuntu? Sure, I get the idea. They're going to make it easy for their followers to get free software to study the Bible. THATS FINE! But, why not just create a repository or create an Automatix like application that allows the Christian to download one file onto their Ubuntu Linux desktop, double click on it and WHAM BAM THANK'YA MAM, install the Jesus riddled software? OOOOH NO!
Heres the thing that really bugs me. Lets say someone in the gay community decided they wanted "Ubuntu Homo Edition." EVERYONE WOULD SCREAM! No, I don't think Mark Shuttleworth would ask them to stop producing it because after all, the software is open source, anyone can do with it what they please...and thats the beauty of it, even though these religious freeper creepers think they need one of their own.
Oh, also, on their website they have links to other "Christian friendly services." I find that amusing.
Lastly, why would anyone want to have the responsibility of maintaining an entire distribution when they could simply maintain a repository and a support website of their own that is Christian friendly. I would think the same thing if a gay person done this. Oooh, LUCKILY, the people who are doing this "Christian Ubuntu" haven't changed the default wallpaper (although it needs to be changed). Thats one thing I'm sure us homosexuals would change quickly! You know how we like to make things pretty!
Ubuntu Linux, Christian Edition!