Such a thing may be redundant, what with “Scientific Linux” and all. But I ask the question seriously. There is a fair amount of religious gobbledygook mixed in with Linux and IT generally, and a Distro like Godlessbuntu might be just the trick.
Where is the religion in Linux now? Well, there’s Larry Wall, inventor of perl and fundamentalist Christian. It was rather funny to see Christian biblical references spewing out as error codes during the shakedown cruise of Scienceblogs.com’s recent MovableType upgrade. Given that this is essentially an atheist shop (though we tolerate the occasional non-Atheist. As long as they are not TOO non-Atheist, if you know what I mean) that was pretty funny.
Also, look at the Linux Calendar output. To do so, get thee to thine Command Prompt, and type in “calendar” and see what you get. What you see are the next couple day’s entries in the calendar, and there is a pretty good chance you will see some religious, usually Jewish or Orthodox Christian references along side some Commie Pinko History (often written in Russian) and so on.
But what really brings this home, of course, is Ubuntu CE (CE = Christian Edition).
Ubuntu CE (or Christian Edition) offers the user many unique features, including (but not limited to) a Built-in Bible Memorizer (which will allow you to edit the Bible… like Wikipedia, except with the possibility of eternal damnation if you put something incorrect in there on purpose 😉 and a Virtual Rosary, which (for some reason I have yet to understand) requires WINE. It would be too easy to go for the Holy Communion connection. Perhaps I’ll have an epiphany after I’m finished running this distro through it’s paces 😉
So, from the Jewbuntu support forum:
Question: I’m stymied. I can’t seem to install 3rd party packages on Jewbuntu.
Answer: What, you don’t like your mama’s browser anymore? Such a kvetcher.
Anyhow, I’d love to hear suggestions on what Unbelieverbuntu should include. Clearly, there are things it should exclude. The Linux Calendar part should be, shall we say, cleaned up and enhanced (bowdlerized? … 🙂 for instance. In other ways, we are a good part of the way there. Installing modern Linux distros does not require the commitment to prayer that Windows requires, and installing and upgrading software apps no longer requires animal sacrifice.
But what else? Let’s get working on this worthy project!