Just in time for Christmas: Ubuntu Satanic Edition


Author: Joe Barr

Maybe it’s in response to the Ubuntu Christian Edition we wrote about a couple of months ago, or maybe it’s simply humor. Maybe it’s really evil. Whatever the case, Ubuntu Satanic Edition (a.k.a. Evil Edgy) is here and available for download. If installing this Linux package is the most evil thing you ever do, then you’ll probably still be able to get past the Pearly Gates, because evil in this case is only skin deep.

The About page on the software’s Web site declares:

Woe to you, Oh Earth and Sea,
for the Devil sends the beast with wrath
because he knows the time is short…

Let him who hath understanding reckon the distro of the beast,
for it is a Linux distro,
its distro is Ubuntu Satanic Edition.

That’s certainly frightening enough to scare small children, but when you get past that you find there really isn’t much to it at all. A couple of desktop wallpapers, a boot screen, and a login screen is all you get.

If you want the automated installation, you’ll need to be running Ubuntu Edgy (6.10) before you begin. The Web site gives detailed instructions on adding the Satanic repository, and running the specific commands required to download and install the components. It takes about five minutes in total.

For your efforts, you get a few images that look like this, plus whatever edge it gives you in your crowd to be evil, of course. If you regret your choice later, there are also instructions on how to uninstall. At least, that’s what they claim to be.

Pundits are now placing wagers on whether a Cthulhu Edition will arrive in time for the Festival of Shub-Niggurath.