Did you know some muslim brothers can be geeky enough to produce a custom linux flavor loaded with useful features? This seems to be the case for the brothers behind the sabily distro!
Not only this distribution rocks the latest packages and kernels which makes it an OS that you might decide to use daily, but it actually features quite some interesting islamic apps. Below is an extent:
- minbar: Islamic prayer times application
- zekr: Quranic Study Tool
- monajat: application that popups prayers every predetermined time
- firefox-praytimes: Firefox extension that displays Islamic daily prayer times
- nanny: parental control system
- thawab: Electronic Encyclopedia System
- hijra: Islamic calendar mus-haf
- Othman : Othman Quran Browser
- noor: Quran viewer
- rejaal: Men around the prophet
- alfanous: Quranic search engine
- zakat-calc: Sabily Zakat provides zakat calculations for Muslims
Oh, did i mention? It’s free! So we think you should give it a try. Basically as most of the distributions around these days, it allows you to boot your machine in live mode (without altering your system, running solely from you RAM and dvd drive). In order to test the OS, just download the dvd iso and boot from it after burning the image.
Let us show some support for such an initiative and give constructive feedback and suggestion to Sabily team. Here are a few ideas in how we see a linux distribution for muslims:
- It can be a bit more multimedia oriented by featuring a customized xbmc installation for good video and multimedia content for muslims.
- Can be more eye candy and useful by adding islamic desktop widgets (like screenlets, gDesklet…)
- Include some useful firefox or chrome pluggins (adblock plus…), for parental control etc…