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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Sabily is an example of the type of Ubuntu-derived operating system that isn't an 'official' member of the Ubuntu family but still uses the Canonical-sponsored OS to deliver a user-friendly experience designed to appeal to a particular community.
In the case of Sabily, it's a Linux distribution designed for Muslims (it was previously called Ubuntu Muslim Edition). "I launched the Sabily project when I discovered Ubuntu (version 7.04), and found the Ubuntu Christian edition," Sabily administrator Mehdi Magnon told Techworld Australia. "I thought it would be a great idea to provide Muslims with a Linux distribution with many Islamic applications installed, so they don't have to install them manually, as well as a more Islamic look and feel."
The current version of Sabily is based off Ubuntu 11.04 ("Natty Narwhal"), but the team is working on a version based on the more recent 11.10 release ("Oneiric Ocelot").