Back in 2006, when I was writing for ExtremeTech, I reviewed a version of Ubuntu with a religious theme: Ubuntu Christian Edition. At one point it seemed as though Ubuntu CE had been discontinued but I was pleased to note today that it has apparently been brought to life again:
Great news!! Ubuntu CE is alive again! A huge thanks goes out to David Kuntadi who has taken on the task of developing the debs for the Dansguardiane-Sword Installer, Bible Trivia, OpenSong, linBread, etc. He is also keeping our new repository organized and updated.
The release of Ubuntu CE v5.0 based on Ubuntu 9.04 is now available for download as well as from our repos. This has been a request from the very beginning. We are excited that now standard Ubuntu users cans simply install Ubuntu CE using apt-get or Synaptic.
This release is a back to basics release and should be considered beta at this point. We are focusing on the functionality for now and will work towards the aesthetics.
The full package list can be found here.
I will continue to be the Project Lead and will be in charge of the iso builds and website. David Kuntadi is now the Development Lead and will be in charge of the deb packages and repos. We will be looking for a person who is willing to take charge of the themes, graphics, and artwork for the next release. If you are interested you can send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
God Bless, Jereme
Project Lead GUI,
As I did on ExtremeTech, I want to stress here that I do not endorse any particular religion nor do I endorse no religion. One of the wonderful things about Linux is that there are so many different distributions to choose from. Everybody can make their own choices and if a distribution with a religious theme works for somebody then fantastic. Good for them, I hope they get a lot of use out of it.
I try to review each distribution with an open mind and, despite some negative feedback from some readers in the past about these kinds of religious distributions, I intend to press on here on DLR and continue to review them.
If reading about a distribution with a religious theme bothers or offends you then you might want to stop reading here and, instead, head over to the Desktop Linux Reviews forum for some Linux conversation or try these other excellent Beehive-based discussion forums:
There you go. Now you have something else to read if a religious themed distribution offends you. Enjoy.
What’s New In This Release
Before I get into this review please note that the developers are officially labelling this a beta. So bear that in mind if you download it.
– Complete Ubuntu CE build based on Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope”
– New dansgaurdian gui
– New E-sword installer
– Added OpenSong
– David Kuntadi now Development Lead
Requirements, Boot Up & Installation
Ubuntu CE is a Live CD distribution so you can pop the CD into your computer and boot right into an Ubuntu CE desktop. Boot time is very fast and once you see your desktop just click the install icon to get started installing Ubuntu CE onto your computer. The install is typical Ubuntu so it’s very easy and you shouldn’t have a problem with it. It took about ten minutes or so for my Ubuntu CE system to be installed.
Note that the same general hardware requirements for generic Ubuntu also apply to the Christian version: