Exotic Linux distros can come in handy

Exotic Linux distros can come in handy

Summary: Among these more obscure flavors of Linux are a few that you may not have encountered, but could be just what you need.

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  • Ubuntu Christian Edition is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution geared toward the Christian faith. This distribution includes a plethora of faith-based software such as Xiphos, OpenSong, and E-Sword, along with tools for parental controls.

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    Read more about Linux distros on ZDNet UK.

  • From its name, you might think Ubuntu Satanic Edition (USE) is the opposite of Ubuntu Christian Edition. It's not. According to its website, USE "brings together the best free software and free metal music on one CD". The Undead CD is based on Ubuntu 10.04 and includes all the standard software, along with a mélange of typically dark, heavy-metal themes, as well as a full 50-minute album of the best Creative Commons-licensed metal music.

    Your choices?
    If you know Linux, you will know that thousands of distributions exist. The list continues to grow every day. Have you come across an obscure Linux distribution that offers either much-needed functionality or something worth seeing or trying?

    Photo credit: Ubuntu SE

    This story originally appeared as 10 obscure Linux distributions (and why you should know about them) on TechRepublic.

Topics: Operating Systems, Linux, Open Source, Software

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  • RE: Exotic Linux distros can come in handy

    The USE made me laugh so hard, I just could not help it.
    aben2amu
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      • RE: Exotic Linux distros can come in handy

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    • RE: Exotic Linux distros can come in handy

      @aben2amu
      I know... I hate it when coffee comes out of my nose!!!
      gadfly1955
  • Since you mention the Christian and Satanic Editions,

    You left out the Muslim Edition that is self-explanatory.
    It recently changed its name to Sabily. It, like the others, is an Ubuntu derivation. Instead of Bible studies, it has the Koran. As is so often stated in the many Linux forums, there is a distro for everyone.

    Paul
    pfyearwood
  • What this teaches us about Linux:

    that installing software is a PITA beyond the abilities of most users. These distributions are nothing more than Linux with a bundle of pre-installed apps.
    fr_gough
    • RE: Exotic Linux distros can come in handy

      @frgough@...
      I see your point. In fact, it has opened my eyes. For instance, a nice bistro shows that cooking is a PITA and beyond the abilities of most people. And really, they are just a place where the plates are filled with pre-cooked food.

      Unlike those bistros, the price is right for these distros.

      Moving on. One of these inspired a joke.

      Does the Caine Distro also help you determine who took the strawberries?

      Hey ho, I'll be here all... actually, I'm heading out now.
      DannyO_0x98
    • RE: Exotic Linux distros can come in handy

      @frgough@... Installing Ubuntu is stupefyingly simple. And no, Ubuntu (as an example) is more than that, it is also an ecosystem for obtaining applications too (think of an "app store" where everything is free - you know, you pick it and hit "install").

      Before claiming to be too stupid to do it, give it a try - you might surprise yourself.
      jeremychappell
    • RE: Exotic Linux distros can come in handy

      @frgough@...
      What you fail to realize, is if users could legally package up Mac or Windows (and related software), you would have the same situation. If you google out windows + torrents you will find a wide variety of specialized installs with pre-installed software.

      It is not that there is any deficiency in Linux. If you would typically download Fedora, Slackware, Debian or Ubuntu, and then spend a day or two tweaking it and installing additional software. One of these distros might save you 10 or 12 hours of work.

      That is the nature of being a power user. When I run windows, it takes me 10 hours to set up. Between service packs, updates, additional software, antivirus, utiltiies, and overall changes to the look and feel.

      The only difference here is I can package all of these changes up as a Linux distro or even just image the partition and copy it to new computers. As a windows user, you just can't do that anywhere near as well as with Linux.
      fwarren
    • RE: Exotic Linux distros can come in handy

      @frgough@...

      Go to package manager, type in search term, install. How is that hard? It even keeps most of your programs up-to-date for you. Where is my EASY button?
      SCavndrF@...
    • RE: Exotic Linux distros can come in handy

      @frgough@... So? You get everything you need to study the bible, or worship the devil, or make music all in one nice, free package. Who needs to install software (like that's hard)? Set up a machine for grandma, she'll never bother you again. Windows is the real PITA.
      vandamme@...
    • RE: Exotic Linux distros can come in handy

      @frgough@...

      Yeah, I agree, assuming you're not blindly trashing Linux. But I'd still rather send a newb to Synaptics than talk them through double-clicking an executable that may or may not do what it says it will.
      bbbaldie_z
      • RE: Exotic Linux distros can come in handy

        The only difference here is I can package all of these changes up as a Linux distro or even just image the partition and copy it to new computers. As a windows user, you just can't do that anywhere near as well as with Linux. <a href="http://www.affordabledegrees.com ">life experience degree</a> | <a href="http://www.affordabledegrees.com/ADA/bp.asp">bachelor degree program</a> | <a href="http://www.affordabledegrees.com/ADA/accreditation.asp">online accredited degree </a> | <a href="http://www.affordabledegrees.com/ADA/associate-program.asp">associates degree</a> | <a href="http://www.affordabledegrees.com/ADA/degreeprograms.asp">degree programs</a>
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    • RE: Exotic Linux distros can come in handy

      @frgough@...

      What this teaches me is that you are a moron if you think it is hard to type in the name of a program you want to install into a cute GUI, and have it install and configure it for you. Ask your gandma to install Python in Windows so you can fulfill the dependency for a Python app. 'Nuff said.
      apostate
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    zclayton2
  • RE: Exotic Linux distros can come in handy

    @fwarren

    I use a bash script I wrote to configure desktop systems. I've also rolled my own DVD ISO via Remastersys, so even a Linux install + configurations only takes me an hour at best.
    dontspamme
  • RE: Exotic Linux distros can come in handy

    I personally use Ubuntu SE... and it is by far the most fun I've ever had with a distro. I love metal, and once I explain to people that it's not an "evil, satanic" item, people are much more open to it. If you don't like the pentagrams and such, just change your wallpaper.
    sammi_curr72@...
  • RE: Exotic Linux distros can come in handy

    I say let all the sheep follow their Microsoft shepherds, let the free thinking and ambitious folks have our Linux. To each his own.
    dalerh451960@...
  • RE: Exotic Linux distros can come in handy

    I had a Mac, sometimes I have to run M$, but I run Linux 90% of the time. I'm 83 and a retired accountant, so how hard is Linux? I use Puppy Linux to recover data off crashed hard disks of friends - great OS!
    gil_seiler
  • Any Linux distros with a pretty interface?

    Seriously, in these times, appearance can be a lot. And with new distros, I hardly see any with a good interface that gets my attention. So far it's Sabayon, but there should be others, yet so many to be lurking. Yes, I have seen a lot, and Mint gets my attention, but any others?

    USE looks great, so that's another one down.
    megamanx