Ubuntu Linux Satanic Edition (666.9) review

In which an intrepid journalist puts his soul at risk

Getting ready to review a Linux distribution is usually pretty straightforward. After some background research into the distribution's history, you download the latest ISO and beseech the head of IT to lend you a netbook or scrounge up some moth-infested, aging desktop PC.

In the case of Ubuntu Linux Satanic Edition ("Linux for the Damned"), however, I had wondered whether I would require some kind of spiritual preparation: Perhaps a confession of my sins to the nearest religious authority. Deadline pressure meant that there was no time for me to unburden myself of my frequent and extensive contraventions of the moral codes of many major religions (and quite a few minor ones). My atheist soul would have to face the distribution unshriven.

Ubuntu Linux Satanic Edition

For this review I used version 666.9 of Ubuntu Linux SE — based on Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) instead of the latest Natty Narwhal release. (I invite the reader to come up with his or her own Canonical/Unity/Beelzebub joke and insert it here.) Appropriately enough, Satanic Edition is downloadable as an "undead CD" rather than a "live CD". Naturally the difference is purely terminological, and it functions as a standard live Linux distro does — burn the ISO image to optical media, which you can then use to boot your computer into the OS. As usual, you have the option to install the system to your hard drive once it has booted.

While the system is starting up the snazzy-looking Satanic Edition logo is displayed, but, disappointingly, the bongo-drum Ubuntu log-in screen sound remains. Logging in offers a more disturbing aural experience, however, thanks to an unsettling start-up sound.

And here is where it gets interesting. Ubuntu Linux Satanic Edition is, as you would expect, pretty much just a reskinned version of Maverick Meerkat. It comes with a number of sinister-looking GNOME themes and a selection of delightfully devilish Satanic Edition wallpaper. In addition, each version of Satanic Edition ships with a handful of Creative Commons-licensed metal tracks (for this review I chose to rummage through my own music collection and listen to Carcass instead). Beyond that, there isn't much more to this distro than what you get in stock Ubuntu (the more attractive default GNOME theme of Satanic Edition shouldn't be sneezed at, however).

Ubuntu Linux Satanic Edition

However, there are two points of significance raised by Ubuntu Linux Satanic Edition. The first is just how far Linux has come. I encountered no installation issues — anyone with a modicum of computer know-how should be able to install it and in no time at all have a modern desktop operating system complete with the usual cornucopia of open source applications.

This is still sometimes mind blowing when you look back at an early desktop distro like Red Hat 3.03. Looking back at the days when the ELF format was yet to become adopted as a standard for Unix-like operating systems and getting X Windows working could be a challenge, desktop Linux has advanced in leaps and bounds. Declarations of the 'year of desktop Linux' are less frequent these days (Satan be praised), but there is no denying that distributions like Ubuntu (and derivatives like Satanic Edition) are incredibly powerful and user-friendly operating systems.

Ubuntu Linux Satanic Edition

The second point is that distributions like Ubuntu Linux Satanic Edition serve to highlight the "free as in freedom" aspect of open source software. Yes, there is no doubt that this distro is a little tongue in cheek and a jab at the Christian Edition of Ubuntu Linux. But, along with the Christian Edition distro, this is an example of taking the powerful open source tools collaboratively developed over the decades and tailoring them to suit a niche market. Why not have a Satanic Edition of Linux? Or a cat fanciers' edition, for that matter? The freedoms to innovate, customise and build upon are an essential part of the open source experience, delivered to users by the GPL and other free software licences.

All up, if you prefer your walls black, your music loud and your hair long (and don't care about Narwhal), then Ubuntu Linux Satanic Edition may be right up your alley. It is, as you would expect, a modern, easy to use operating system that is probably more profound than its creators realise.

Hail Tux, our dark lord and master.

Rohan Pearce no longer has long hair but still likes loud music. Follow Rohan on Twitter: @rohan_p

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I can haz LOLcats version of Linux? kthanxbai



"Yes, there is no doubt that this distro is a little tongue in cheek and a jab at the Christian Edition of Ubuntu Linux."

Or, to better make your point about the power of the freedoms to innovate, customise and build upon, it might be a response to Ichthux, Ubuntu Muslim Edition, or Ubuntu Jewish Edition.



changing the wallpaper and default theme is not something to waste a cd on. this is the ubuntu standard edition without any innovation. anyone can apply new themes, sounds, and wallpapers to any distro with the slightest effort. trivial at best...



Well, it's damn good to hear a technical ignoramus like me should be able to instal and run Linux now. I had a distro of Red Hat nearly ten years ago with a dual boot system and it did my head in. The only thing I really kept it around for (for a couple months) was so I could look at some cool screen savers that didn't seem to be available in Windoze. I dig the free software concept but I really can't be bothered learning system admin... and yes metal and satanic themes are fine with me!



i recently installed the ubuntu SE, and i'm loving it... ok, so i'm pushing 40, still a metal-head (and always will be), and i have an abiding interest in the occult arts... obviously, this is the perfect system for a person like myself... so you got a christian, muslim, and jewish edition? hey, it's only fair to have a satanic edition too... haha and HAILZ!



I do not like all this thing about satan.
I believe in Jesus, because he is the only way to God. He is the only one who can forgive sins, because he suffered for our sins on the cross. He suffered the punishment we should have suffered.
Of course, every one is free to believe what he or she wants to believe, but many bad things have happened because people were worshipping the devil. Please be careful about that.

By the way, there are many informations about our Redeemer on the net, for example
If you have time, please look at it. I do not want to critizise you but to help you.



Please listen to me because I want the best for you:

I believe satan really exists and he wants the worst for you:
He wants to bring you away from God which would mean your death.
Only God can give eternal life.

The great dragon was hurled down- that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
-- Book of Revelation 12,9

He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
-- 1Joh 5,12


Rom 3,22-24:
There is no difference,
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

There are many informations about Jesus on the net, for example

If you have time, please look at it. I really want to help you.



Adnreas, let's not forget the many bad things that have been done in the name of Jesus. These things are still happening today, the history of the church founded in the name of Jesus is not pretty.

Let's all strive to love each other, do our best, and choose our operating systems without fear of our brothers who don't think like we do.



You are right, there have been big mistakes in the history of the church. But church is made of humans and humans always make mistakes.

Jesus was gentle, he had time for every one who needed him. He never said that we should fight for our faith. He would have never agreed to the crusades.
We should really learn of what happened but we should not give up believing in Jesus.

Also Paulus said we should love not hate:
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1Cor 13,13

And as I already said:
Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
1jo 5,12

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