It is based on the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution which is a Free and Open Source (FOSS) operating system.
Sabily includes a set of packages that customizes Ubuntu. Ubuntu is easy to use for a novice user, with the most-used Office, Internet, Graphics and Video applications already installed. With Sabily, Muslim users have “out of the box” Islamic software and tools installed as well
Sabily includes Islamic software (prayer times tool, Quran study tool, Hijri calendar etc.) and has a custom design. Sabily comes with out of the box educational software, codecs for the most used media formats and has better support for Arabic language.
Sabily 10.04 is available as a Live DVD, which can be booted on the host computer without installation. Currently there are three versions existing:
* Small version (935 MB): contains the main Sabily packages, including artwork and Islamic applications and Arabic support
* Full version (1.4 GB): contains the same as the Small version plus multimedia, educational and miscellaneous packages (see the full list here)
* Full version with recitations (2.8 GB): same as Full version plus Quran recitations provided by http://www.versebyversequran.com: Muhammad Siddeeq al-Minshawi, Huzify, Sa’ad al-Ghamadi and Mishary Rashed Alafasy. Note: this version is useful when not connected to the Internet (all Sabily versions provide online recitations)
To convert a standard Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) installation to Sabily, a CD (184 MB) is available, containing repository-packages.
Sabily 11.04, an Ubuntu-based distribution with a collection of Islamic software and an integrated web content filtering tool, has been released: "The Sabily team is proud to announce the release of the new version of Sabily 11.04, code name 'Al-Badr'. What's new: new 'Al-Badr' pictures and wallpapers, new Plymouth and GDM themes; Unity and Unity 2D available, but Ubuntu classic (GNOME 2) set by default; new Firefox persona. New applications: Islamic Date - a Firefox extension that displays Hijri date; Zakat Calculator provides Zakat calculations; gufw - an easy-to-use Ubuntu firewall; DesktopNova (replacing WallpaperTray); autoKey - to avoid typing frequently encountered words; recordMyDesktop - records desktop sessions to a video file (Ogg Theora Vorbis file); Anki - an extensible flash card learning program...."
Read the rest of the release announcement for more details.
• 2011-05-05: Distribution Release: Sabily 11.04
• 2010-11-03: Distribution Release: Sabily 10.10
• 2010-06-28: Distribution Release: Sabily 10.04
• 2009-12-27: Distribution Release: Sabily 9.10
• 2009-05-12: Distribution Release: Sabily 9.04
• 2008-11-19: Distribution Release: Ubuntu Muslim Edition 8.10