Wacky yet interesting Linux distributions

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1) Red Star OS
Red Star OS is being developed as the officially approved operating system of North Korea, seemingly on the request of Kim Jong-Il, who is the country’s leader. Based on the familiar KDE 3.x, it has added touches such as the Woodpecker antivirus software and the Pyongyang Fortress firewall.

2) MuLinux
This is a small distro, perhaps in the same vein as Puppy or Damn Small Linux. MuLinux needs 20MB hard disk space and 4MB RAM, and will be powered by an Intel 80386 processor or advanced version. Mu might lag behind in terms of productivity if you compare it with modern machines, but if you own a 25-year-old machine that you want to save from the waste, it’s certainly the distro you should try.

3) Ubuntu Satanic Edition
Ubuntu sequels are ten-a-penny, but it seems the creators of Ubuntu SE have gone overboard to please The Dark One. The dark theme and assortment of background images is the most apparent change, but sound effects and startup jingle have also been altered.

4) GoboLinux
This one is meant for techies and what distinguishes GoboLinux from the rest is its filesystem layout. Majority of Linux distros use an ancient non-arrangement wherein an application’s files are speckled around your hard drive in multiple folders. GoboLinux implements an OS X-like approach and stores all files linked with an application in a single folder in /Programs.

5) GNewSense
Those, who like software freedom, would like GNewSense. The distro is based on Ubuntu, but has removed all non-free software, such as those devious non-free driver files that are loaded into the Linux kernel. Unluckily, majority of these blobs are actually drivers for wireless networking cards, so it’s perhaps not the best distro for laptops. If you look at the plus side, distro has removed or renamed software that doesn’t fall in the Free Software Foundation’s definition of freedom.

6) Sabily/Ubuntu Christian Edition
Previously termed as Ubuntu Islamic Remix, Sabily is actually Ubuntu with extra Islam. It has adopted an Islamic theme with so much green, even the Applications menu has been extended to embrace a selection of Quran study/prayer-time software, Ubuntu Christian Edition has religious study tools and enhanced web filtering.

7) Yellow Dog
First released in the late 90s for Apple PCs, it was based on the PowerPC chip architecture. Yellow Dog was liked by people who wanted a way to think differently. Then, Apple deserted PowerPC in support of Intel chips, which are still being used. Yellow Dog re-invented itself after a change of ownership as an OS to deliver high-performance multicore computing experience.

8) Mikebuntu
This distro is packed on the free DVD with additional PDFs and software, along with extra desktop environments and plenty of options.

9) Gentoo
Gentoo – or Linux For Masochistsis is probably the distro that will not be liked by sluggish majority for the simple fact that you have to hoard it yourself. Not just apps, rather the whole thing, including the kernel of your recent distro is taken for granted by majority of peple. So, go and grab a cup of coffee before you try to install it.

10) Scientific Linux
Windows has continued to dominate the desktop as Linux doesn’t seem up to the job technically. But, the fact can be easily contested by the cleverest people on the Earth- the scientists who are looking for clues about the beginning of the universe. They use Scientific Linux at the CERN laboratories, which is based on Red Hat. Virtually, anyone can download and install this distro on their machine.

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