4 Strange And Disturbing Linux Distros You Probably Won’t Be Installing

Tim Brookes 18-05-2012

linux distributionsLinux is the operating system of choice for those who decide to go their own way. The open source model means the building blocks are there for you if you decide that you need your very own operating system.


This has resulted in more Linux distros than you could ever imagine. There are tiny distros 14 Lightweight Linux Distributions to Give Your Old PC New Life Need a lightweight operating system? These special Linux distros can run on older PCs, some with as little as 100MB of RAM. Read More like Puppy Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Puppy Linux Here, we'll be taking a look at a distribution of Linux that is famous for being able to run with very little hardware requirements, Puppy Linux. Puppy Linux isn't based on another distribution; it is... Read More , chunky distros like Debian and some altogether more sinister efforts, which is what we’ve got here.

I’ll be saving the very worst for last, so prepare yourselves…

Ubuntu Satanic Edition

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The distro of choice for satanists the world over, Ubuntu Satanic Edition is proof that there’s an Ubuntu distro for everyone. Based on Ubuntu 10.10, the team behind Ubuntu SE really don’t seem to like Unity. In fact, they consider Ubuntu 10.10’s rustic GNOME 2 desktop environment to be “the pinnacle of Ubuntu development” though the developers appear to be closer to dark theme fetishists than true devil worshipers.

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If you’d like to try out Satan’s own OS then you’ll have to download a live CD, which the team have predictably dubbed the “undead CD”, though I can’t really see why you’d be doing that. Aside from a tasty dose of eye-strain Why Websites With Dark Backgrounds Completely Suck [Opinion] You're reading MakeUseOf right now, a website which primarily uses dark text on a light background. Which is as it should be. That bar across the top with light text on a dark background, and... Read More from the red-on-black-on-blood skinning choices, Ubuntu SE is more a novelty choice than a serious OS. Sure, there is more heavy metal and pentagram wallpapers than your average open source project, but the software (Firefox, Gedit and so on) remains largely the same.

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Ubuntu Satanic Edition has received numerous complaints and messages of discouragement. A quick glance at the news section reveals that Ubuntu SE 666.10 “Necrophiliac Neuromancer” doesn’t go down too well in the web’s Christian circles.

Hannah Montana Linux

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While most people won’t find Hannah Montana Linux anywhere near as “offensive” as the previous distro, it’s still probably not going to be your OS of choice unless you watch way too much Disney channel. To cut the project some slack, the author has admitted: “I thought – what would attract young users to Linux? So I created this idea after a lot of reading and work.”

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So it’s designed to attract young children to Linux, a task many of us would dread I’m sure. The distro itself is little more than a re-skinned Kubuntu, and boy what a skin! The standard KDE Make Use Of KDE's Desktop Features: Activities, Widgets & Dashboard [Linux] It hasn't been too long ago (since the beginning of this month, in fact) that I switched from using a GNOME desktop to a KDE desktop for my Linux system. Now, I'm not trying to... Read More menu has become the Hannah Montana Menu, the background is a sickly pink and according to one reviewer the lack of GIMP, LibreOffice or KOffice is a bit of an oversight for an educational distro.

Ok, so it’s not particularly disturbing or offensive but there’s no denying it’s a strange project to pour all that time into.


Red Star OS

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The first of the politically charged distributions on this list, Red Star OS is the Linux distribution of choice in North Korea The Absolute Best North Korea Documentaries On The Web [Stuff to Watch] If, like me, you’re fascinated by North Korea then you’ve just hit the jackpot. This week’s Stuff to Watch features hours of video exploring what is often referred to as the hermit kingdom, an isolated... Read More . The project began in 2002 in a bid to replace the country’s dependence on Microsoft Windows, which was the primary OS of choice in the country up until then.

The OS only comes in Korean and features a modified version of Mozilla Firefox called Naenara. This web browser connects to the country’s intranet known as Kwangmyong, a walled-garden approach which has no bridge to the standard Internet we know and love.

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Red Star OS uses KDE 3 and is currently in its second version. It can be found in universities, libraries and other institutions across the country, though private computer ownership is not common in North Korea.

Apartheid Linux

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And the award for the worst Linux distribution ever to grace the Internet goes to Apartheid Linux, a distribution that’s as offensive and disgusting as it is pointless. As you can see from the slightly modified banner above, this is a racially-charged Linux distro for ignorant white people.

I really am struggling to see why a group of self-professed “white nationalist” require their own operating system, but a look at the release notes reveals the distro is based on PCLinuxOS, comes with Tor Anonymous Internet Surfing with Tor Tor is a freely accessible network that allows Internet traffic to flow through it securely and anonymously. Read More installed (I wonder why) and mostly comprises of swastika wallpapers and other such offensive material.

I’m not going to be linking to the website responsible as I’d loathe to provide them with traffic or downloads. Of all the flavors of Linux on the web, this has to be the strangest and most disturbing I’ve ever seen.


I’ve used Linux extensively in the past, and I must say those days are behind me. However, if I was going to use it again I’d probably not choose any of the above. While Hannah Montana Linux, Ubuntu Satanic Edition and Red Star OS are more obscure than they are disturbing, there’s no denying that Apartheid Linux is just plain wrong.

Do you know of any similar obscure distros? Have you heard of any of the above? Maybe you’ve used one? Add your thoughts, shock and disgust to the comments below.

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  1. Bill Veris
    February 1, 2020 at 7:07 am

    If I wrote the article, I wouldn't condemn any of these distributions of Linux. I've already made my point clear. I personally feel uncomfortable with Satanism, but I wouldn't say that in the article. I'd remain factual. I realize not all Satanism is "theistic," as I understand it but it's based on humanism rather than worshipping an evil god. But then again there is Satanism that is about "worshipping evi."

    I don't object to a White nationalist distro... probably because I am White myself! LOL But I don't feel comfortable with the term "Apartheid," because it has negative connotations. If you look up Metapedia, you find out the truth that Apartheid was actually improving and South Africa was better off in the last couple of decades of that system than today. It's sad that the truth gets covered over.

    So yeah, I can't stand communists rubbing it in your faces of what's "good" or "bad!" You're not my nanny! lol

  2. AdoIf HitIer
    February 5, 2019 at 3:32 am

    How do I get Apartheid Linux? It looks really good.

  3. Kalif Elijah
    May 10, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Apartheid Linux seems to be something you just made up.

  4. Gray
    November 11, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Not pro white supremacy or anything but I find it funny how you'd link a Linux distro as morally compromising as the satanic one, but not the apartheid one. Also how you were too butt hurt to just leave the article to the facts and instead had to edit the apartheid banner to interject your political views.
    Given how political you became instead of merely reporting facts and THEN your opinion on them I don't plan to "make use of" this website again.

    • Krzysztof Blachnicki
      September 27, 2018 at 7:08 am

      Wait, are you seriously telling that you didn't except opinions in subjective list? Are you offended that list choices, which are opinion of the author, contain opinions? That's... Wow. Just wow.

    • Bill Veris
      February 1, 2020 at 6:58 am

      I partly get what you're saying. But he did put the White nationalist one last. He even grafitti'ed the banner or whatever you call it. He called White people who used it "ignorant." He didn't do that with the Satanic one.

      I've never even heard of Apartheid Linux. I am not politically correct, but the name is probably a poor choice. But who am I to judge? We live in a socially left wing world so you get articles like this. So I am not surprised. Whoever rules the day, rules the conversation of what's "right" and "wrong."

      And then you have people down below like Kryz who want to be offended and have manufactured arguments.

  5. Bear Dogg
    September 27, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Several years ago, there was an Infowars-themed version of Ubuntu (Xubuntu, I think?) with links to far-right hate sites. I think it was called Infowars OS.

  6. Jesus
    October 24, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Author is a Skype, confirmed. Installing Apartheid Linux.


  7. Anonymous
    July 5, 2016 at 1:47 am

    I wonder if there's an updated Wrecking Ball Linux to replace the Hannah Montana one?

  8. bacha
    January 21, 2016 at 12:20 am

    "this is a racially-charged Linux distro for ignorant white people."
    Right, so, not you then?

    I honestly find you way more annoying than any racist I've met.

    Based off this list, you like to bicker and whine about far-left "issues".
    I do it in quotes because they're not really issues, and just to spite you, I'm gonna go install a number of these on my new computer.

    • Tristan
      June 19, 2016 at 9:46 am

      I smell a Trump supporter. This is an article about operating systems, not politics. Get over it.

      • Gray
        November 11, 2017 at 6:27 am

        Don't mind me, just replying to a year+ old post, but it became a political post when the author decided to interject their own (political) opinion about the users instead of just the distro itself.

        • Krzysztof Blachnicki
          September 27, 2018 at 7:09 am

          So, Gray? Pluralism hurts your feelings?

      • Bill Veris
        February 1, 2020 at 6:59 am

        He made it political by crossing out "proud White people." And yes, when something is condemned (like White people) it creates a market because people don't want to be told what to do or are curious!

  9. stan-in-usa
    January 20, 2016 at 2:34 am

    Despite the four bizarre distros listed, I'm surprised nobody came up with a distribution highlighting the Nazis yet (Waffenlinux anyone?). Wallpapers would include the Nuremberg rallies, Luftwaffe pictures, even pictures showing the Hitler youth. Hey, if Satanic Linux can have all that crappy black metal music, why not incorporate Nazi themed songs imbedded into this shocker. Only time before a Neo-Nazi designs this (or perhaps already in the works, for all we know).

  10. sawyer
    December 20, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Does the maker of apartheid linux have the source code posted? Maybe he could be hit with that to get it taken down? IDK

  11. Proud white
    December 1, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Thanks for making me aware of Apartheid Linux :D
    Downloading now.

    • Adolf Hitler
      February 7, 2019 at 12:10 am

      It’s a very good distro, highly recommend. Heil Hitler!

  12. ipse
    October 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    You should add another freaky linux distro to your list: Red Flag Linux. Oh yeah, you're guessing it right: it's a chinese ( communist) distro. I didn't install it. It was preinstalled on my asus laptop at the time when i bought it ( about 4 years ago). That distro is so idiotic, it just defeats its' own purpose. It should be a testing platform, but it lacks (lacked) any GUI at all. It was about 30-40 MB, but no GUI. Come on, i saw Kolibri, or even MenuetOS, having some GUI, but no, the commies had to do it their way: simply stupid.

    • Karl Marx
      April 3, 2017 at 1:55 am

      I'm gonna kick your face in the name of Lenin

  13. bizla
    October 1, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I love the idea os a satanic linux os, although as a satatnist myself it seems a little weird, but i dont mind giving it a go, sometimes the obscure tends to be the most interesting, which is also why im going to try Apartheid, you never know, it might just be a really good distro, If it is i'll tweak it, take out the strong racist elements and redistribute as a less offesive version, as I said above the obscure sometimes has the best ideas, even if they have the wrong intentions.

  14. atheologian
    September 8, 2012 at 6:49 am

    When I used Ubuntu, I added the SE repository for a laugh: it's really nothing more than make-up (icons, wallpapers & dark sounds, etc.), & quite tongue in cheek, & should properly be called Ubuntu Gothick Edition, as a true (Laveyan) Satanist geek should properly want an elitist, expensive, ego-satisfying OS, rather than something so popularist & playful like anything Linux-based, maybe OSX, because of its supremacism & quest for world domination, rather some damned hippy freebie like Linux!!!

    Hannah Montana Linux is a ridiculously brilliant idea, & Linuxland deserves it!!!

    Red Star is really disturbing, because it takes something based upon freedom & uses it to maintain totalitarian oppression.

    I find Apartheid Linux absurd. If these people are SO superior, surely they are capable of writing THE superior OS. It reminds me of a random search I did ('linux nazis'?) that led to an aryan supremacy blog where they liked Ubuntu, but complained aboot the African drumming at login!!!

    Mind you, when I tried Kubuntu Karmic Koala, I had to ditch it, because I started developing antipathy towards all sorts of people, & started wearing a strange Halloween costume!!!

  15. gattolino
    July 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    :D u must try Lesbian linux!

  16. daena sisk
    July 28, 2012 at 1:10 am

    i like the red star one. too bad it doesnt come in english. i hope in a few years, it will be available. thanks nk.

  17. A Wyatt Mann
    July 25, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I think Linux Apartheid is a pretty cool guy.
    eh makes his own distro and doesnt afraid of haters.

  18. Declan Lopez
    July 12, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Those are the weirdest linux distros i have ever seen.

  19. Jonathan Moallem
    July 5, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I myself am currently thinking of working on a project im calling Communist OS. It basically devotes equal RAM to each of the processes (without regard of usage) in which only the window manager receives a slight bonus for coordinating the other processes. Yes? No?

    • Tim Brookes
      July 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      Oh please, yes!

    • wolfhook
      July 7, 2012 at 1:53 am

      Yes! and if you will, base it on BLAG or #!Crunchbang. :)

    • Stonecold
      September 12, 2012 at 6:38 am

      Oh god that would be awesome! Although I don't think it would boot. I'm currently using 334 processes (a lot, I know, but not unheard of). If we assume the average computer has 4 GB of RAM, that gives each process about 12.3 MB. Many processes require a lot more than 12 MB.

      Also, the windows manager has nothing to do with coordinating processes. It MANAGES WINDOWS. It's the kernel's job to coordinate processes, so you'd have to rewrite (or at least patch) the kernel. I'd say the vast majority of the kernel would have to change for this to be possible, to the point at which you couldn't call it Linux.

      Also, if you ARE somehow able to pull this off, also make it so that each thread is also given an equal amount of processor time.

      I'd shit bricks if you could pull this off.

    • AVunit
      December 31, 2017 at 1:07 am

      It's from each according to his ability to each according to his need.
      Not from each according to a predefined set of quotas, to each according to a predefined set of quotas.
      Google bookchin.

  20. wolfhook
    July 3, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Regarding your post about Apartheid Linux, the graphic is out of date, and TOR is not included in the current release. so White Nationalists are racist idiots? say it to their faces, dude.

    • KKK_YA
      July 4, 2012 at 12:42 am

      LOL, I can just see the wusses on here facing a Skinhead @ 4 am in a dark alley. they'd pee their panties....

      • Tim Brookes
        July 4, 2012 at 12:50 am


    • Tim Brookes
      July 4, 2012 at 12:49 am

      White nationalists are definitely racist idiots, yes.

      • wolfhook
        July 4, 2012 at 9:53 pm

        You apparently are unaware that many White Nationalists are highly educated ( the late William Pierce had a Phd.), and are not necessarily racists or 'idiots'. many just want a higher quality lifestyle they feel is only obtainable in an all-white country.

        • Tim Brookes
          July 5, 2012 at 12:32 am

          This is a technology site, so I'm not going to bite and start arguing with you about whether racism is idiotic because the majority of people already know the answer to that.

          Being educated doesn't mean someone isn't an idiot, the two aren't mutually exclusive. We don't appreciate the propagation of minority right-wing views on this website so please take your ignorant agenda elsewhere.

        • wolfhook
          July 7, 2012 at 1:40 am

          FYI, I'm left-wing, not a yankee nor a white nationalist, those people haven't gotten anywhere in decades, and never will. btw, the graphic you showed above is of a triskele, or 'rolling sevens', not a swastika. after reading this article, three people asked me for help installing and using this linux version, can you spell 'irony'?

        • Tim Brookes
          July 7, 2012 at 6:11 am

          Fully aware of what the symbol is, thanks. Also aware of the backgrounds and other imagery included with the OS at the time of my mentioning it - swastikas were indeed included, in fact one of the board members noted the fact and commented about how it might "scare off" some people.

          If people are asking you for help to install this then that speaks leaps and bounds about their technical abilities and their inability to use a search engine really.

        • wolfhook
          July 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm

          hmmm... I had a look at the oldest distro on hand, a kolovrat start button, triskele wallpaper, that's it.
          any other symbols were omitted from the version I have.

          And yes, the twits who can't use a live CD or a simple graphical installer are a pain in the bum, back to M$ hades with the lot of them. XD

      • Sartrus
        August 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm

        Yeah I can't believe would even argue with you about this, Tim Brookes. We are a tolerant society. We MUST be tolerant of blacks, whites, hispanics... ALL races. We are tolerant of gays, tolerant of transgenders, tolerant of crossdressers.

        And if we find anybody who isn't being tolerant, the best thing to do is point and call them names. That is how we tolerant people roll.

        • Stonecold
          September 12, 2012 at 7:00 am

          >We are tolerant of gays, tolerant of transgenders, tolerant of crossdressers.
          Simply not true. A huge amount of America isn't, and that's all because of the Christian religion.

        • Tim Brookes
          September 14, 2012 at 1:15 am

          You do understand that by acting in the way you are, i.e. "it's all the Christians fault", you're making yourself look just as intolerant as those who you are so seemingly against?

          For the record: I'm not Christian, in fact I don't believe in any religion. I do believe in practicing what you preach however, so if you're going to moan about intolerance at least have the decency to be tolerant and mindful in the first place.

        • Stonecold
          September 14, 2012 at 2:39 am

          >it’s all the Christians fault
          I never said that, and I don't mean to imply it. I'm not bashing Christians. I'm just saying that Christians have done far more harm then "Satanists", and that is an objective truth.

          I'm sorry if I appear intolerant, I tolerate religion if it doesn't cause harm. However, I don't like when people call a parody operating system of a religion "disturbing", then adding a screenshot of a comment on the "evil" site when the comment is mid-extremist Christian. If you are being truly objective and tolerant yourself, then why was UCE not mentioned at all while putting USE as the "disturbing" one?

  21. lort
    June 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Like NK government is really democratic and not as racist and nationalist as apartheid supporting rednecks.
    RedStar get links and stuffs, AL doesn't.
    Not making that much sense.

    • Tim Brookes
      June 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      RedStar gets a link to Wikipedia for those who are interested in reading more about state-commissioned Linux distros. Apartheid doesn't even have an entry on Wikipedia.

  22. aprthd
    June 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Apartheid Linux [is another one].

    Being proud does not make us "evil racist white supramacists!11" or idiots.

    Linux is a FOSS community, which is made for sub-communities/groups and specific themes. This is what makes Linux unique, as opposed to the closed-in corporate alternatives.


    • wolfhook
      July 7, 2012 at 1:19 am

      I agree on both points. I just wish that the person who made AL14 had used a more stable distro than pclinuxos. I've installed it on 11 different machines and it tanked after installing a few extra apps every time. maybe basing a distro on DSL or Slax. the live CD works well, HD installs are as fragile as eggshells.

  23. ecd4a4d35dce1b96560e85a8ce64f578
    June 17, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I like the red and black color scheme...

  24. Nyx
    June 17, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Apartheid Linux actually wasn't that bad. I was able to find a modern release, "AL14", on The Pirate Bay just for the sake of testing it out. There was an older version that looked terrible, had bad font rendering.

    Although I find it offensive that you used idiots as a replaceable word for Whites in the image and said "White idiots" I believe twice in this article... Hm...

    Also, I am just throwing my two-cents in here... But I think Linux being adaptable to fit certain communities/functions is of big importance for Linux in general. A lot of people create distros to fit their needs or a specific theme.

    • Tim Brookes
      June 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Apartheid Linux is bad because it exists, not for being a poor Linux distro. I honestly couldn't care less how it runs because I find the fact that someone deemed it necessary pathetic and really quite odd.

      I'd also like to point out that I at no point said "white idiots" in this article, not even in the image. The image says "racist idiots" because the "white" is scratched out. What I did say was "ignorant white people" which was my interpretation of "proud whites" in this context.

      • nyx
        June 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm

        Oh, right. Thanks for correcting me, I misread the image.

        I mean in terms of the distro itself it is not bad. I was just trying these out to see how they were. There is an older version of it that is way less appealing (I think it just didn't have support for my graphics card also? Used it for all of two seconds so I don't know). Second version worked well but none of these on the list I am planning to keep. Was just messing around with this one and Satanic Edition.

  25. 2 Words
    May 25, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Andreas Says: "many bad things have happened because people were worshiping the devil. Please be careful about that"

    That was unintentionally funny.

    2 Words: "Witch Hunts"

  26. Robert Sears
    May 25, 2012 at 5:22 am

    The Satanists are right about Unity and Gnome2

    • Tim Brookes
      May 26, 2012 at 12:38 am

      Have you tried Gnome 3? Surprisingly good, especially when compared to Unity.

  27. Aung Htet
    May 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    thanks for your post! I like the first one.

  28. TtfnJohn
    May 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Some of these are disturbing, particularly the white supremest trash. The Hannah Montanta one seems more like fun than anything else though I can see it coming off hard disks the moment the girls outgrow Miley Cyrus.

    Not even the satanist one bothers me all that much, devout Christian though I am, because I don't see it all that seriously or something that might attract people to it who aren't otherwise attracted to such things.

    This is the beauty of Linux. Someone can roll a distro for any interest or following. Are you a fan of big banks? I'm sure someone can help you roll a "Wall Street Linux". You might even get a few more downloads and torrent streams going than you think!

    The downside is things like Apartheid Linux existing along side of the Ubuntu's, Mandriva's and Red Hat's of the world. Most of this stuff seems more like fun than anything else. If the distro works and the fans can get productive who am I to judge?

    (I will anyway because I am human, after all.)

  29. zeeshan khan
    May 22, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Linux looks a lot like mac. Is the inventor the same company?

    • Naoman
      May 22, 2012 at 10:54 am

      O man you dont know? They both are Based on UNIX.

    • Richard
      May 23, 2012 at 6:17 am

      The similarities in desktop appearance come mostly from people looking at cool visual designs and saying, "Hey, I wonder if I can make my operating system do stuff like that," then finding out they can, and doing it. They are both, to some degree, based on Unix under the hood as well, as Naoman said. They got there by different paths, though.

      GNU/Linux is a mix of software from many sources. The GNU Project wrote most of the programs users interact with, and Linus Torvald wrote the Linux kernel that interacts between those programs and the hardware.

      Mac OS X is a desktop environment written by Apple, that sits on top of Darwin, a fork (code split off and evolving along a different course) of BSD, with code from NeXTSTEP and other sources.

      The similarities under the hood come from the fact that GNU (GNU's Not Unix) is programs written to do what Unix did without having code chained down by restricive licenses, so the resulting system could be freely shared. BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) was based on AT&T's version of Unix, until AT&T enforced its license, forcing BSD to replace the code that carried restrictive licensing. So similar ends were achieved at different times, one out of principle, the other out of necessity.

    • Sudo
      June 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Linux does not have a look of it's own, since Linux users can choose their desktop environment, theme, colors, etc. and change everything to their liking (if they have the ability to do so. Changing the desktop environment and theme is incredibly easy though).

      That is the beauty of opensource software. They even have things like Macbuntu or Pinguy OS (which are designed to look very similar to Mac OS X).

      Also, Naoman is also correct. So, to answer your question, in a way yes... Developers made UNIX and both Mac OS and Linux use UNIX. ;)
      But they are not from the same "company", as in Apple does not make Linux and a Linux company does not make OS X.

    • Stonecold
      September 12, 2012 at 6:47 am

      Both Mac OS X and GNU/Linux are based off UNIX. The difference is that GNU/Linux has the Linux kernel and GNU utilities (utilities meaning the stuff in /usr, etc like cp, mv, mkfs...) whereas Mac OS X uses the Mach kernel, which is based off BSD (basically UNIX) with Apple utilities.

  30. Richard
    May 22, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Ubuntu Satanic Edition was created as a parody of Ubuntu Christian Edition. Unlike UCE, USE actually had original artwork, themes and other material not already present in the standard repos. Also unlike UCE, USE did not report your activities to a self-appointed Big Brother.

    UCE was just Ubuntu with Dansguardian web censoring software preinstalled and configured according to what the distro 'creator' thought should be censored, and with SWORD bible study software preinstalled. Both SWORD and Dansguardian are available in the standard Ubuntu repositories -- he added nothing but censorship rules. It also apparently had Net Responsibility installed, a program that would, according to its creator, "log the websites you visit, then periodically e-mail that log so someone else. It also writes a log entry when it is shutdown." The log was sent to the UCE distro creator. Creepy doesn't even begin to describe that.

    UCE is like Red Star, in that it is intended to limit freedom and enforce censorship, and like Apartheid, in that it promotes a fringe ideology. USE, on the other hand, is unique among the distros listed, in that both its creators and (as far as I can tell) its users understand that it's not intended to be taken seriously.

    • Tim Brookes
      May 22, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Great comment, thanks for the info! I personally don't see anything wrong with UCE provided its users are fully aware of those key changes (even if they are in the repos). Still, Net Responsibility sounds like the last thing any privacy-aware individual (regardless of faith) should have installed...

      • Stonecold
        September 12, 2012 at 6:44 am

        That sounds like an incredibly narrow minded comment.

        >provided its users are fully aware
        Well what about users who want to use USE? They are aware that it is the "Satanic Edition" and so won't be caught off guard when they see horns and pentagrams.

        Also, I have USE and it is a fine distro.

        • Tim Brookes
          September 13, 2012 at 1:10 am

          I assume you've misunderstood me, because I was referring to the Net Responsibility plugin which logs and reports browsing activity. Anyone using an operating system with such a program installed should know about it, hence: "provided its users are fully aware".

          I don't see how telling people to be careful when it comes to privacy is narrow minded.

        • Stonecold
          September 13, 2012 at 5:02 am

          Yes, but I'm saying that UCE is worse than USE. UCE doesn't disclose this logging of personal information, and USE doesn't have anything like that. So why is USE "disturbing" but UCE isn't? USE has dark art, but UCE is pro-censorship, anti-privacy, religion extremist, and USE is a parody... I'm saying that calling USE disturbing but UCE not is narrow minded.

        • Tim Brookes
          September 14, 2012 at 1:28 am

          I'm replying here because we've hit the thread limit.

          The post is titled "strange and disturbing linux distros" - I'd place USE under the "strange" title because it's little more than a theme and some wallpapers with an off-beat subject matter. It's basically a bit of a joke, as you put it - a parody.

          I urge you not to take offense to the labelling.

  31. Miggs
    May 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I find Sabily ( Ubuntu muslim edition ) and Ubuntu christian edition just as offensive as SE.

    • Kee
      May 21, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      The only problem with Ubuntu Christian Edition is if you look at anything bad on the internet it will revert to Ubuntu Satanic Edition.

      I agree. I think Ubuntu "Ubuntu" Edition is good enough for me.

    • Naoman
      May 22, 2012 at 10:44 am

      so there exists a muslim edition. I will check it out . muslim extrimist+geek who is that guy

      • Naoman
        May 22, 2012 at 10:50 am

        Well Sabily is not so stupid as the cristian edition. just cotains some islamic software + quaranik recitations.

        • nyx
          June 17, 2012 at 11:52 am

          Well that sure is...... Offensive and incredibly biased.
          That's exactly what the Christian Edition is, just a distro with some Christian software (GnomeSword, a Linux Bible study program <-- Just looked that up) and some other programs and Christian images.

  32. Trogga
    May 20, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Comes with Tor installed because privacy is a basic human right, perhaps.

    • Gavin Golden
      May 20, 2012 at 7:47 am

      Privacy is not a right when you are using a private company's private infrastructure or a public national infrastructure, no more than driving like an idiot is a right on a publicly funded road. TOR is not a private internet, it is nothing more than an IP obfusticator.

      • Jaych
        May 21, 2012 at 12:31 am

        No, actually its a right regardless. This is also enshrined in Australian law. I suggest you educate yourself by familiarity with the Federal Telecommunications Act. Seeya, have fun.

      • Stonecold
        September 12, 2012 at 6:42 am

        Privacy is a "right". RIGHT. Not a "right only when I want it to be". And even if corrupt laws break down that right more than it already is, I think it should still be a right.

  33. Zhehao Mao
    May 19, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Something similar to Red Star OS is Red Flag Linux, which is a distro sponsored by the Chinese Government for similar reasons (to replace Microsoft Windows). As a result, it features a default desktop which is a skinned version of KDE made to look suspiciously similar to the Windows XP desktop.

    • Tim Brookes
      May 20, 2012 at 12:27 am

      Ah yes I stumbled across this edition while looking for subjects for this article. It does look interesting, but then again China has at least some access to the outside Internet unlike North Korea, and thus less of an iron grip on its people.

      Also you can go grab yourself a copy of Windows in China should you wish, I doubt that's the case in North Korea save a couple of old copies of 95 & 98 lying in government desks somewhere.

      Thanks for pointing it out :)

  34. Gavin Golden
    May 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Ubuntu Satanic Edition exists purely as a counterpoint to Ubuntu Christian Edition. Hey, they're both based on characters from the same R-rated book, right?

    • Hillbilly Geek
      May 21, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      Well, Moses missed the memo from the BigSysAdmin and failed to back up, and lost the tablets the first time. Data recovery couldn't glue the bits back together with animal fat. Afterward, intellectual property attorneys didn't get there in time to protect the next version, so pirate scribes copied, recopied, and miscopied the tablets (and so much more) for thousands of years --- and here we are.

      I wonder if there's a Koranic-based distro. Now, what would that look like? Requires that your laptop be pointed in a certain direction five times a day and the lid closed each time....

      Okay, no more comments. I'll be quiet now before an angry mob gathers outside my house burning effigies and such. :-)

  35. Chiwy
    May 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I love Ubuntu satanic, linux for the damned.

  36. Jim
    May 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I've got some reviews with additional screenshots of these distros:

    North Korea Linux (Red Star OS)

    Hannah Montana Linux

    Ubuntu Satanic Edition

    The North Korea Linux review has some interesting videos of a trip inside North Korea.

    • Tim Brookes
      May 20, 2012 at 12:23 am

      Thanks Jim, you've just saved us the bother of going through the pain of actually downloading some of these! :)


  37. Richard Stallman
    May 19, 2012 at 1:57 am

    I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.

    Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called "Linux", and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project.

    There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine's resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called "Linux" distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.

      May 19, 2012 at 2:35 am

      >implying you're actually Stallman

      • Stonecold
        September 12, 2012 at 6:41 am


  38. Peter
    May 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Frankly I cannot for the life of me understand why you give the racist distro the oxygen of publicity and, yes, that is a direct quote from Margaret Thatcher who, whatever you may think of her, was wise enough not to feed the Trolls.

    • themainliner
      May 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      I despise an argument from liberals that justifies the censorship of free speech. I'd rather paraphrase Voltaire and assert that, while I despise the White racist distro, link to it's sources and be damned, I will defend until death their right to express there vile and incorrect rhetoric.

      Links - put them up. Don't flatter the 'power' of their arguments by protecting people from them. Wheel them out into the full light of day and debate them properly.

      Free speech means sometimes having to listen to things you might not like.

      • Joe
        May 19, 2012 at 6:26 pm

        You have to defend their right to exist because it preserves your own right to exist. That doesn't mean you need to talk about them at any other time.

        Those kind of people are not open to debate; that's why they're still around. Talking about them only serves them because it gets their irrational point-of-view into public; it serves nobody else who seeks to have reasonable and responsible discussion.

        • themainliner
          May 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm

          "Reasonable and responsible discussion"...that presumably you are setting the agenda for? I find it amusing that when faced with extremism liberals respond in the most illiberal manner.

        • Hillbilly Geek
          May 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm

          Mainliner, the author has a Constitutionally-guaranteed free-speech right to not post the link in his article. Likewise, the commenter Peter has the same right to express his own opinion. I'm not sure why you are being so Politically-Correct by taking such a freedom-disrespecting Liberally-Biased position in your comment with so much "despising" of others' free choices and opinions. Illiberal extremism, "reasonable and respectable discussion," and "setting the agenda", indeed. Even British authors living in Australia should abide by the unsophisticated and highly cognitively dissonant "principles" yelled loudly by certain self-righteous American political sloganeers, no? (In article about Linux distros, no less.) ;-D

        • NoTownKasper
          May 22, 2012 at 1:54 am

          Dear Mr./Mrs. "Free Speech is Binary",

          Your argument falls on it's face almost instantly when the concepts of psychology are applied or when compared to such things as underage sexual conduct. By your logic, I should be able to post huge pictures of Gore right in front of an elementary school, because, experiencing such things never has a lasting, unpredictable, uncontrollable and almost never positive effect on the psyche of the 'viewer' does it?

          Sorry, even the concept of 'Free Speech' has it's intended checks and balances. Stick to highschool debate, you're out of your league here.

        • chiggsy
          May 23, 2012 at 9:14 pm

          I don't understand the use of the word 'liberal' here. You made some great points, but do you believe in them?

          Do you believe in them because you were taught?

          Or from self study and introspection?

        • themainliner
          May 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm

          @Hillbilly Geek - you clearly don't understand what political correctness is. So don't point fingers and assign labels you don't fullyunderstand.

          "Peter has the same right to express his own opinion. I’m not sure why you are being so Politically-Correct by taking such a freedom-disrespecting Liberally-Biased position in your comment with so much “despising” of others’ free choices and opinions. Illiberal extremism, “reasonable and respectable discussion,” and “setting the agenda”, indeed." Traditionally liberals are extremely freedom respecting. Usually the freedom of individuals, freedom from, whereas I am from a left wing tradition that favours social freedoms is read me careful you'll see what I despise is "an argument from liberals that justifies the censorship of free speech..." and not Peter. However, it's a mote point as you've understood nothing else wrote, or my politics-revolutionary communist FYI. Have some more fun misrepresenting that.

        • themainliner
          May 23, 2012 at 10:07 pm

          @Chiggsy - what point are you making. My political education is diverse? From my stint as a member of Workers Against Racism in Nottingham, to a university degree majoring in philosophy, I have both thought, been taught, considered, decided and acted. Not always in that order.

          I'm not ashamed to having had a formal education or being an activist. Doesan academic grounding in philosophy make my conclusions more considered or less my own? Or is this a false choice; much like you own and the implications arising from it?

          Have I established us as Satre and the autodidact...oh I'm sorry my erudition is showing again.

        • themainliner
          May 23, 2012 at 10:10 pm

          @NoTownKasper - I see you troll and raise you a f~ck off and come back with an argument I can engage with.

          I'm a feeder, I know....

      • Tim Brookes
        May 20, 2012 at 12:18 am

        If the distro in question had its own, dedicated, self-hosted website I might have considered linking to it. As it is, the source for this distro is a particularly nasty yet incredibly "popular" white nationalist forum that you may or may not have already heard of.

        So, I'd rather not give the website the distro resides on any through-traffic. The actual thread where I found the distro had no screenshots from what I recall, just a lengthy changelog and the predictable ignorant chatter you find on those websites.

        Basically, there's very little to that distro besides a suite of tinfoil hat security software and a couple of racist emblems. It just sucks.

        • themainliner
          May 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm

          Fair Play! Put this comment in the right place now. :D

      • chiggsy
        May 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm

        The thing is, it's not censorship to not send traffic to a site he disagrees with. Admittedly, keeping all the value judgements out of the piece would have been nice.

        Humans are tribal, and racism of any kind is an extension of that tribal wiring.

        He reviewed their linux, posted the name on the open web, and unlike everyone else in this thread, he may be aware that it may be a crime to link to hateful speech.

        Now, I'd prefer to ditch those laws, but nobody is asking me. They are on the internet, no censoring is being done here. Just not a direct link.

        I agree that the right to free speech should be defended to the death. The thing is though, life is long, and for me, comfortable and almost half over. Maybe they can handle the 'to the death' part. Let them soak up some tear gas and kidney punches, and prison rapes in defense of their 'beliefs'

        • Bruce Epper
          May 26, 2012 at 6:22 am

          "Humans are tribal, and racism of any kind is an extension of that tribal wiring."

          The problem is that there are a significant number of people who believe the tribe is small and should remain taht way. They do not realize that the tribe is far larger than what is covered in their narrow view. Even some of those who have a wider vision don't realize that they still cannot see the whole picture since they still have their own blinders on as well.

    • Tim Brookes
      May 20, 2012 at 12:22 am


      I featured the distro as more of a talking point than a valid Linux distro. This is why I didn't link to the (particularly nasty) source of the project which resides on a forum full of racist bigots.

      By featuring the distro and NOT linking to the sources it seems I've angered both the "no publicity for racists" and "link and be damned" corners of the argument. I guess you can't win, but again, I'm not in favour of or promoting the OS in any way.


      • themainliner
        May 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm

        Fair play! :D

  39. muotechguy
    May 18, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I can't work out why this post hasn't gone viral. Anything that features Hannah Montana Linux should be a bloody hit.

    • muotechguy
      May 18, 2012 at 9:00 am

      there, I +1'd it for you.

    • Tim Brookes
      May 18, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Thanks James. Shame there's not a Nyan Cat Linux distro eh?

      • rochester_tiger
        May 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm

        ...Nyan cat, you say? I just might be inspired enough to create my own distro for that...

        • Tim Brookes
          May 24, 2012 at 12:31 am

          Calling dibs on the review!

    • zeeshan khan
      May 22, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Screw Hannah Montana. I've seen better looking women.

  40. Greg
    May 18, 2012 at 3:29 am

    I'm downloading the first one now

    • Tim Brookes
      May 18, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Do let us know what you think!

      • Greg
        May 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm

        Well I like it a lot :)
        Although I can't help feeling "bad" for using it. Religious or not Ubuntu SE is a very weird distro. Make sure you download the DVD version, the CD version has nothing good on it lol

  41. fraterneo
    May 18, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Great post. Should include Justin Bieber Linux based on Puppy Linix...

    • Tim Brookes
      May 18, 2012 at 10:47 am

      I decided to omit Justin Bieber Linux on the basis that it's only a joke started by 4chan. It is funny, just not quite as funny as Hannah Montana Linux which is a real thing.

      The homepage is: