It has been ages since I delved into the nightmarish and barbaric world of Ubuntu Satanic Edition. Much has changed since I first dared to install it back when I worked for ExtremeTech. Is Ubuntu Satanic Edition still as evil as it used to be? Find out in this review as I take you on a journey into the dark side of Ubuntu Linux. Together we’ll explore…the distro of the beast!
Before I get into the review, here’s my usual disclaimer about religious or mystical themed distros:
Desktop Linux Reviews does not endorse any particular religion or spirituality, nor does DLR endorse no religion or spirituality.
I have covered these kinds of distros in the past and will continue to do so. If reading about them is not your thing, please stop right now and go over to JimLynch.com You can read some of the excellent tech commentary and reviews available there (I know it’s excellent because I wrote all of it…heh).
I just wanted to put that out there for the folks that dislike the idea of DLR covering any kind of distro with religious or mystic themes to it. Okay, with that out of the way, on with our demonic review.
What’s New In This Release
Here’s a list of what’s new in Lucifer’s Legion:
Plymouth bootup theme with new Satanic logo
Wallpaper with new Satanic logo
GDM theme support
Revenge icon theme updated
New sataniconf helper script makes configuration easier
Please note that Ubuntu Satanic Edition is not an officially sanctioned derivative of Ubuntu. Since this release is based on Ubuntu 10.04, all of the new features in generic Ubuntu are now in its satanic counterpart. Here’s a brief list of the general new stuff found in Ubuntu itself, for my commentary on them please read my review of Ubuntu 10.04. I don’t want to regurgitate all of that again here.
F-Spot replaces the GIMP
PiTiVi video editor added
New themes: Ambiance and Radiance
Linux kernel 2.6.32
New nVidia hardware driver
Gwibber social media application
Faster boot time, with a different look and feel on the bootsplash screen
Ubuntu One adds contacts and bookmark sharing
Ubuntu One music store integrated into Rhythmbox
Ubuntu Software Center 2.0
Hardware Requirements & Installation
The hardware requirements are the same as generic Ubuntu:
700 MHz x86 processor
256 MB RAM
3 GB disk space
Graphics card capable of 1024 x 768 resolution
Network or Internet connection
The Ubuntu Satanic Edition 10.04 .iso file is about 731MB. This distro is a Live CD version, so you can actually just boot into it to test it rather than installing it on your hard disk. For this review, I installed it. If you’re already running Ubuntu and want to install it on your existing system, follow these instructions.
It uses the usual Ubuntu installer, which means it’s very easy and fast to install. Once the install begins, you’ll see the same slideshow that you see during the regular Ubuntu installation. I’m always glad to see that included since it does help provide useful information to Ubuntu newbies (even satanic newbies).
Booting & Login
The bootsplash screen is essentially a satanic version of the new Ubuntu bootsplash screen (imagine that). The satanic version is more attractive than the generic Ubuntu logo though, since it comes complete with a diabolical pentagram.
The login screen comes with the satanic logo and flames. There’s also a creepy looking icon for the user and a computer graphic. At first, I thought the computer graphic on the login page was a toilet. However, a second look made me realize it was a computer. I don’t know why I thought it was a toilet at first. Maybe I needed a potty break while writing this review, I just don’t know. :whistle:
The Ubuntu Satanic Edition desktop looks like no other. The moment it loads, you know you are in for a delightfully devilish treat. The first things you notice are the blazing flames and the deliciously evil satanic logo (complete with a diabolical pentagram). Much has been made of Ubuntu’s new logos but, if you ask me, Ubuntu Satanic Edition is the champ when it comes to cool logos.
The desktop is pretty much clutter-free. The only thing you’ll find on it is a something called “The Distro of the Beast.” As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to be careful before clicking on it. After all, you can’t take this sort of thing lightly. I was afraid something truly scary would happen if I clicked on it…
After gathering my courage by taking a toke off my puffy (my e-cigarette), I clicked on the Distro of the Beast icon. The Totem Movie Player launched and I was treated to some outrageously evil heavy metal music. A song called “Shroudded In Darkness” by a band named StabWound (how appropriate!) began playing.
There was even a photo of a hot chick that appeared too. Woohoo! Well, okay, she didn’t do much for me since I usually swing the other way but I’m sure there are some guys out there that would go gaga over her and her super-hot, satanic boobies or whatever. It would be nice if the Ubuntu Satanic Edition developers would include a photo of a hot guy for the chicks and gay guys who might want to run this distro.
One of the neat things I noticed is that there is a creepy, evil looking icon for Firefox in the top panel. I clicked it and was pleased to be taken to the Ubuntu Satanic Edition site. I thought that the Firefox icon was a nice and unexpected touch to this distro. There other delightfully demonic touches in this distro’s theme. For example, if you click Places in the panel then choose Computer, you’ll notice that there’s a pentagram on the file system icon. Was it necessary to put it there? Nope, but it sure does look cool and such things add to the flavor of Ubuntu Satanic Edition.
Obviously this distro uses a custom theme. You can switch to one of the usual ones by opening the Appearance menu; but why would you want to do that when the default theme is so cool?