Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Ubuntu Christian Edition

I have installed Ubuntu on an older PC, and it really is a nice Linux distribution. Setup couldn't have been easier. The main problem I have had with making a change from the Windows operating system, however, has been that it will not run e-Sword, my favorite Bible study software program (and it's free!). So I was really excited to discover Ubuntu CE (Christian Edition), which has integrated e-Sword.

The software is offered as a free ISO CD image download of around 700MB. I you have a really slow internet connection, however, you can get the CD for only $7.97. Here is the description from the Ubuntu CE website:

Ubuntu Christian Edition is a free, open source operating system geared towards Christians. It is based on the popular Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support.
The goal of Ubuntu Christian Edition is to bring the power and security of Ubuntu to Christians. Ubuntu Christian Edition is suitable for both desktop and server use. The current Ubuntu Christian Edition release supports PC (Intel x86).
Ubuntu Christian Edition includes more than 16,000 pieces of software, but the core desktop installation fits on a single CD. Ubuntu Christian Edition covers every standard desktop application from word processing and spreadsheet applications to web server software and programming tools.
Along with the standard Ubuntu applications, Ubuntu Christian Edition includes the best available Christian software. The latest release contains GnomeSword, BibleMemorizer, the e-Sword Installer with Module Manager, The Word Installer, Firefox Web Browser with Bible Fox Theme, and much more.
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.

You can view screenshots of Ubuntu CE here. I like that it offers OpenOffice, which I use all the time anyway. But I would definitely get rid of or not install the Virtual Rosary!

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