The dark side of Ubuntu

In the Free Software world, well, we are quite used to enjoy freedom. For example, we do the arguable thing of having a big number of different distributions, FLOSS licenses, desktop solutions or software applications. Sometimes this is positive, they compete, they learn from each other and they try different approaches. It makes things work better.

However, sometimes we have no clue of how to use our freedom, really. Or even worse, we use it to actually limit it. You don’t believe me? Here we go:

Ubuntu Muslim Edition is a set of packages that customizes the Ubuntu distro by installing islamic software (prayer times, Quran study tool, web content filtering tool etc.) and by changing its design.

With web content filtering tool… yummy. But wait, there is more:

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 the WhatWouldJesusDownload Toolbar, and much more.

I can’t wait to install that WhatWouldJesusDownload toolbar. Please tell me this is a joke…

Update: Misfortunes always come in threes: Ubuntu Satanic Edition.

14 thoughts on “The dark side of Ubuntu

  1. You forgot the Ubuntu Satanic Edition :) The good thing is, we don’t have to install them, nobody forces us. What’s bad is that religion got mixed up in software. I’m not a religious person myself, but well, there are people who are, so better let them be.

  2. hey, you forgot Satanic Edition :)

    so if those were based directly on debian , would that be debian’s dark side? LOL!

    how did those edition limit your freedom, did they forced you to use them? Exactly! they didn’t.

  3. yup …. think there should be a Ubuntu Atheist Edition and a Ubuntu Idiot’s Edition.

    Life if great, isn’t it :D

  4. I’m sorry; I don’t understand why you have a problem with any of these religiously themed distros?

    If a muslim wishes to use a distro that helps him adhere to his beliefs, then more power to him. Why do you care that his distro helps him track his prayer times, or read the Koran?

    Likewise for a christian. Why do you care if he wants to use his distro to study the Bible, find christian-related music and videos (the WWJD toolbar), or see a Bible verse on the desktop instead of a heron?

    If you don’t like it, exercise your freedom not to use such distros.

    At the same time, though, don’t try to limit the freedom of those who do choose to use such distros, by imposing *your* beliefs on them.

  5. @ell: Debian is always dark regardless the version!

    The thing is that I wonder how useful is having a distro for every purpose someone can imagine; being able to do it doesn’t mean you have to do it, right?

    @Chip Bennett: Religion removes our freedom to question ourselves fundamental issues, it doesn’t make much sense to me.

    @ lefty.crupps: You KDE-follower can go to hell! };-)

  6. @zugaldia: I’m not questioning your freedom to disagree with religion; I’m questioning your desire to impose upon the freedom of those who choose to follow some form of religion.

    I’m not sure I understand what you mean by “Religion removes our freedom to question ourselves fundamental issues” but I would be happy to discuss it!

  7. @Chip Bennett: My criticism is two-folded. On one hand I don’t see religion fitting here. On the other hand, and putting religion aside, my concern is simply a technical one. What’s the point of having a new distro for every imaginable topic?

    Sure we can easily create a new Ubuntu-based distribution, but it doesn’t mean is a good idea. Instead of generating new ISOs probably just a bunch of packages would be enough — ironically, that’s the satanic edition approach.

  8. @Chip: removing freedom in the name of freedom is about the most stupid thing ever heard.

    I.e.: if a muslim user doesn’t want to watch porn, she can choose not to visit such pages in the net. There is no need to add a “content filter” in the browser (much less bundled with the OS!).

    The only reason for that is to develop the distro “in the name of freedom”, then forcing its use to unwilling users. E.g.: a muslim government could introduce it in the schools, or a christian one could introduce the christian edition.

  9. keep religion and software seperate we dont need anymore silly distros if you want to make it muslim or christian or whatever then you can do it yourself

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