Ten Lesser Known Ubuntu Based Linux Distributions

ten less known linux distributions based on Ubuntu

Ubuntu is undoubtedly most popular desktop Linux OS. Ubuntu has plenty of official variants such as Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Mythbuntu, Ubuntu Gnome etc. Apart from those official Ubuntu variants, Ubuntu has inspired several other Linux distros as well. Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Zorin OS etc are just few such names.

But then those are mostly the known faces of Ubuntu based distributions. What about the less popular, niche Ubuntu based Linux that cater to a specific user base? In this article, we shall see ten such lesser known Ubuntu based Linux distributions which you may find weird as well.

Ten less known Ubuntu based Linux OS



Mathbuntu, as the name suggests, is an Ubuntu based Linux distribution that focuses on Mathematicians and maths enthusiast. Mathbuntu aims to provide easy and quick access to the best open source mathematics software available, and the best free textbooks available.

Poseidon Linux

Poseidon Linux

Poseidon Linux is an Ubuntu variant for scientists which is developed and maintained by bunch of young scientists from Brazil and Germany. It comes pre-installed with many software related to GIS, Mapping, CAd, 2D/3D modelling, statistics, genetics etc that are often used by professors and scientists.


UberStudent Linux

Name gives the hint. UberStudent is an educational Linux distribution for students and academics. It bundles several learning platforms not found in a typical Linux distro.


Vinux Linux for blinds

Vinux is an Ubuntu based Linux distribution catering the needs of blind and partially sighted people. Together with Orca screen reader,  it provides a great support for Braille display. Frustrated with the default accessibility support provided by mainstream Linux distributions, Tony Sales who teaches at National College for the Blind in Hereford, United Kingdom, decided to develop a Linux distribution specifically for visually impaired.


Sabily Linux

Linux itself may be religion for many but there are few Linux distributions focusing on religious people. Sabily is one such Linux distribution for Muslims that comes with applications useful for practicing Muslims such as prayer time tool, Koran study tool etc. It also has good support for Arabic language.

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Ubuntu CE

Ubuntu Christian edition

Continuing with Ubuntu and religion, Ubuntu CE is another Ubuntu based distribution Christians. CE in its name meant Christian Edition. Apart from providing Ubuntu various Christian software such as Xiphos, OpenLP, Quelea etc., Ubuntu CE also provides an integrated web content parental controls. This is something you can do with OpenDNS in Ubuntu.

Ubuntu Satanic

Ubuntu Satanic

Lots of talk about god. What about the other side of “the force”? There is an Ubuntu Satanic as well that has a red and dark devilish theme. If you are in heavy metal and such stuff, you may like it. It’s rather funny how they have named stuff in Ubuntu Satanic. For example the live CD is called “undead CD”.

Oh, don’t try to dual boot Ubuntu Satanic with Ubuntu CE or Sabily. It may be injurious to your system. *winks*

Hannah Montana Linux

Hannah Montana Linux

Continuing the weird Linux distributions, here is one Kubuntu based Linux for Hannah Montana fans. It primarily aims at luring teenagers towards Linux though I am not sure how many fans Miley Cyrus still has after a sprint of embarrassing/controvertial performances.


Peppermint Linux

Peppermint is a web application and cloud focused Ubuntu based Linux distribution. A lightweight Linux distro, Peppermint mostly contains web applications instead of traditional desktop applications. Sounds like Chrome OS, isn’t it?


gNewSense Linux

gNewSense is Ubuntu stripped of all non-free software. It is supported by Free Software Foundation. Of course, it may not be suitable for anyone who prefers ease of use over “free software policy” as gNewSense removes non-free drivers as well.

That concludes this list of ten weird Linux distributions based on Ubuntu. I know this is not an extensive list and there could be few more as well. Do you have any in the mind? Do mention it in the comment section below. And if you are not content with Ubuntu check these Linux distributions for beginners that are not based on Ubuntu or Debian.

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  1. I’ve been using Peppermint on my older machines for years now. I have had several distributions over the years, including Manjaro, Mint, Fedora, and others. Manjaro was my main distribution until I started having problems with it. Every update has been a trouble shooting nightmare.

    Peppermint works well on the old machines, including an Acer Aspire One netbook. It does whatever I need it to do and rarely gives me any problems. I just works. It’s really worth a look for anyone trying to put some life into an older machine or just wants a small distro to experiment with.

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