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Is Ubuntu CE Needed?

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I read a review of Ubuntu CE (Christian Edition) over at tuxmachines.org. I must agree. Despite good intentions and an so called "apparent need," I'd say that the developers and supporters are going in the wrong direction...they're trying to repackage an already great distro and re-brand it with a label and an idea. It's not working and it's taking away from what they originally set out to accomplish.

If we take a look at the mission statement on the Ubuntu Christian Edition homepage, it states "To bring the power of Ubuntu Linux, combined with the best Open Source Christian software, to the world". The mission statement could be accomplished by NOT offering a distro and providing a couple of meta packages available for download or perhaps a script that could run for users and install all the software they might need through a repository. It could even be a CD/DVD with Christian software on it that could be added as a CD/DVD repository allowing installation of said software. But does it need to be an entirely rebranded distro? Not in my opinion. It's overkill and it's duplication of efforts. It's inefficient. It leads me to believe there are ulterior motives to producing this distro.

I know it's well within the right of the developer to release and develop this distro. That I have no problem with. What bothers me about this is that the word "Christian" is exploited while making this distro.

Full Story.

What type of Christian?

Do they mean the eccentric English vicar, the rabid right-wing American evangelist, Northern Irish Protestants, or Northern Irish Catholics?

Do they mean the progressive or the reactionary? Those that fought for freedom or those that want to take it away?

Trouble is there are too many people with their own agenda who hide it behind religion.

"Christian" means a lot of things these days, unfortunately. I smell another "Bakker" type moneyraiser.

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