Friday, September 01, 2006

Ubuntu Christian Edition

I was searching on the Internet for some Ubuntu technical support and I discovered a new version of Ubuntu Live CD Linux Distribution.

It's called Ubuntu Christian Edition.

It looks like a very new distribution. So I immediately downloaded and burn the ISO to a CD to test it. It booted from the Disk.The boot process is the same as in the case of Ubuntu 6.0.6 LTS.
The desktop has very nice wallpaper, watermarked with "Ubuntu Christian Edition" logo where the embedded Globe image pointed to a geographical area where majority are non Christians.
The applications are exactly what you need for a daily use; a web browser, a word processor, some desktop utilities (like a calendar and a calculator), an audio player and a CD ripper.

"It is based of course on Ubuntu Linux, which is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. The developers of Ubuntu Christian Edition say its goal is to bring the power and security of Ubuntu to Christians, and it is suitable for both desktop and server use."
So does this mean other Ubuntu versions are less secured and less powerful to use?

The main significance of this LIVE CD from others are that along the usual applications find in a regular Ubuntu distribution, it contains GnomeSword, a top of the line Bible study program for Linux based on the Sword Project and several modules, installed with GnomeSword, including Bibles, Commentaries, and Dictionaries. Further investigations revealed UCE includes fully web content parental controls powered by Dansguardian, which is a graphical tool to adjust the parental control settings.

Again this distribution has more or less the same content which is in an average Linux distribution.And this is the first time I have ever seen where a religion matters in Free and Open Source Software Community.

If Bill Gates keep producing proprietary software does it mean he's an Anti-Christian?
If Gordon Moore, Andrew Grove, Lou Gerstner, Scott McNealy, Tim Berners Lee, Jerry Yang, David Filo, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs and Larry Ellison not using UCE does this means they are not Christians?

Even Linus Trovalds not agree with this coz he's an Atheist:
"I find it kind of distasteful having religions that tell you what you can do and what you can't do"

It seems like Mark Shuttleworth's (lol :) I just got to know he was a member of the crew of Soyuz TM-34, launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan and docked with the International Space Station) philosophy of "Linux for human beings" gonna divert from its true nature.
This is exactly the sort of Christian extremism that frays religious tolerance in the community.

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