I just don't even begin to comprehend this.
Now, for those who don't know, Ubuntu is a version of Linux, and thus is an open-source operating system for computers. So, basically, what we're saying is that someone felt the need to create an operating system specifically for Christians. I have to admit, I can't quite imagine why that should be necessary- I mean, does Windows Seven have error messages like, "There has been a fatal error; much like the logical flaws in your slave religion"? Is there a version of OSX that continually asks whether you'd like to take a free personality test from the Dianetics Foundation? Is there some fringe group that wants to put the "Christ" back in "Control-X"?*** Have we reached the point as a culture where any damned thing can be labeled "Christian" and people will view it as better? I am, I admit, at something of a loss, so it's a good thing that the makers of this edition helpfully explained themselves:
Ubuntu Christian Edition is a free, open source operating system geared towards Christians. It is based on the popular Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. The goal of Ubuntu Christian Edition is to bring the power and security of Ubuntu to Christians. The current Ubuntu Christian Edition release supports both 32 bit and 64 bit PCs. Ubuntu Christian Edition covers every standard desktop application from word processing and spreadsheet applications to web server software and programming tools.
Along with the standard Ubuntu applications, Ubuntu Christian Edition includes the best available Christian software. The latest release contains Xiphos, OpenSong, E-Sword installer, and much more.
Ubuntu Christian Edition also includes fully integrated web content parental controls powered by Dansguardian. A graphical tool to adjust the filter settings has also been developed specifically for Ubuntu Christian Edition. These features are truly what sets Ubuntu Christian Edition apart.
Ah, right, so, the main "features" of this edition have nothing to do with the OS and are, instead, simply about which pieces of software come pre-packaged. Specifically, which pieces of Bible study and web filter software come pre-installed. So, basically, if you want to run a computer, but are so afraid of contamination by the internets that you don't even want to have a vague clue of just what content you're blocking, this is the version of Linux for you. One might wonder why the Christian edition of Ubuntu doesn't come with built-in features for making charitable donations, but then I suppose that would be expecting rather a lot. Virtue is, after all, about avoiding sin rather than seeking to do, and be, good.
Between this and the recent emergence of religious search engines, I'm really starting to wonder if I even participate in the same internet with "Christians". But, then again, I've been doubting for a long time whether I lived in the same universe with them for some time, so I suppose I shouldn't be surprised.
* Actually, I'm somewhat known in my grad program for being aware of virtually every type of weird sexual fetish to be found on the internet. Sort of like a walking dictionary of Rule 34. I should note that this knowledge stems from a previous, and shitty, job that I held wherein I shared an office with an absolute pervert who also ran the company firewall, but I digress.
** Their front page is preceded by ads- just click through.
*** Shit, people, it could happen.