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Jereme Hancock says the reason he created a Christian version of Linux, called Ubuntu Christian Edition, was simply to "bring Linux to Christian believers." Ubuntu CE, which comes with net filtering and Bible study software, is designed to fit in with Hancock's mission to provide a "family-friendly place on the Web," Hancock says.
Hancock, a 29-year-old bus driver with a B.S. in business administration, says he came up with the idea for Ubuntu CE earlier this year. "I wanted to see a full Christian Linux distro, and the only ones that I could find had pretty much stalled in their development. So I decided to create my own." Hancock used the Ubuntu Customization Kit. "The process of creating the ISO is fairly simple, and is based directly on Ubuntu," he says.
Ubuntu CE is just like "regular" Ubuntu, except that it has a custom splash screen and includes software that Hancock believes Christians would want to use, such as DansGuardian for Web filtering, GnomeSword for Bible study, and a script that provides a daily Bible verse. The latest CE release also comes with Automatix and GnuCash, for more secular pursuits.