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The power of FOSS: SnowBird Linux Russian edition

Posted on: 23/08/2013

I was surprised to find a distribution called “SnowBird Linux 2013.08 [x64] 1xDVD” on Russian sites today, as I did some research before naming the remix as SnowBird Linux. I was intrigued by the pictured of a colorful fat bird, which would give some competition to the extinct dodo 🙂  but a closer look at the picture gallery made me smile as it was SnowBird Linux (SBL19) that was being distributed via bit-torrent ! While I have no real issues with the distribution being passed around on forums, I would have preferred a link to the SourceForge project which would help gather proper statistics. The available statistics suggest that SBL19 has been downloaded:

52 times on


16 times via

which brings the count from the previous post to close to 600 downloads.

Russian Humour

Russian Humour

Please use SourceForge if you want to download SBL19 not because it helps me gather the metrics but because:

1) It is the official source with published check-sums to ensure your download hasn’t been tampered with

2) There is a re-spin service for people with bandwidth issues where updated versions are available with all released updates/patches.

3) Advanced users can try the nightly version with preview features.

4) One of the Russian forums label SnowBird Linux as “SnowBird Linux 2013.08 [x86]” which is incorrect as the distribution is only available for x64 architectures.

SnowBird Russian edition

SnowBird Russian edition

Thank you to the Russian community for the ratings and positive feedback on their forums (google translate) and most importantly to the Fedora translation team for such a wonderful work.

Please note that the project has a new home at

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