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August 27, 2006

Bargain of the Day: JesusOS

by Feòrag

Ubuntu Christian Edition is evidence that Linux has become spectacularly easy to use. I will mostly let it speak for itself:

Along with the standard Ubuntu applications, Ubuntu Christian Edition includes the best available Christian software. The latest release contains GnomeSword, a top of the line Bible study program for Linux based on the Sword Project. There are several modules installed with GnomeSword including Bibles, Commentaries, and Dictionaries.

Ubuntu Christian Edition also includes fully integrated web content parental controls powered by Dansguardian. A graphical tool to adjust the parental control settings has also been developed specifically for Ubuntu Christian Edition. These features are truly what sets Ubuntu Christian Edition apart.

I suppose at least it's one market that won't ever set permissions to 666, but what have the publishers done to protect the user from all those daemons running in the background?

Posted in Religious Tat at 09:57. Last modified on September 28 2006 at 23:43.
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1: Posted by: Red Wolf | August 27, 2006 11:23 AM

all those daemons running in the background

Cue the amused giggling. Someone had to say it, but you may need to explain that to the non-geeks in the audience. Sod it, that's what Wikipedia is for: daemon.

2: Posted by: Andy Gilmour | August 28, 2006 10:05 AM

Is it just me, or does the name "GnomeSword" seem perfectly suited to a piece of "Bible study" software...?

3: Posted by: nmdrkangl | August 28, 2006 3:42 PM

makes you wonder if it still contains



4: Posted by: Feòrag | August 28, 2006 3:47 PM

I've just discovered to my disappointment that MacOS X doesn't:

Motoko:~ feorag$ ddate
-bash: ddate: command not found
Motoko:~ feorag$

I will have to install it!

5: Posted by: SMcV | August 29, 2006 8:55 PM

ddate is part of util-linux, which is a "Priority: required, Essential: yes" package (it's a package of miscellaneous Linux utilities including some Unix essentials like mkfs, mkswap, fdisk, more, dmesg and getty, as well as some some random extras like ddate and pg). So unless the Christian Ubuntu people have repackaged util-linux to exclude it (unlikely), every install contains ddate, and attempting to remove it is a really bad idea!

It's not surprising that Mac OS X doesn't have ddate - their versions of fdisk, mkswap, more etc. come from some BSD utilities package, rather than Linux's util-linux. On the other hand, Mac OS is based on Darwin, which is derived from FreeBSD (whose mascot is a daemon complete with horns and pitchfork), so I'm not sure which OS is more fanatical-Christian-friendly ;-)

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