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Introduction to Catbird Linux
Data Science
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Content Creation Tools
Go and Lua: Elegant - Efficient - Fast
Javascript and Typescript: Dynamic Web Content
Office, Programming, and Multimedia Applications
Command Line Tools
For An Accessible and Secure Internet
Usage and Installation Options
Technical Notes
System Integrity and Authenticity
Apps in this Version of Catbird Linux


Welcome to Catbird Linux, an operating system built for internet content creation and use of automation to retrieve and analyze data from websites and online databases. It centers on Python and Go, with numerous packages for web scraping or downloading data via API calls. Using Catbird Linux, it is possible to accomplish in depth stock market analysis, track weather trends, follow social media sentiment, or do other tasks in data science. The system is programmer friendly, ready for creating and running the tools you use to measure and understand your world.

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catbirdlinux-1.8.0.iso (Release Date 2023/06/02):
sha256sum: 7e4c93dd3baed714b26f09c43aab8dd6c6ba21e2dc0c2f85be1958144289b3ae
The Catbird Linux Desktop and Rofi menu.
The Catbird Linux Desktop and Rofi menu.
Tiling a radio playlist and TwitGrid window window.
Tiling a radio playlist and TwitGrid window.
JupyterLab with multiple kernels for code development.
JupyterLab with multiple kernels for coding.
Search with several custom Surfraw elvis!
Search with several custom Surfraw elvis!
Receiving BBC Radio 4 Longwave via WebSDR.
Receiving BBC Radio 4 Longwave via WebSDR.
Editing Python in Neovim and JupyterLab.
Editing Python in Neovim and JupyterLab

Data Science

Here are some of the main Python packages integrated into the system:

For web scraping, these specialized packages are installed:

Sentiment of scraped social media or news content can be measured with natural language processing (nlp) software tools. Whether favorable, neutral, unfavorable, or perhaps outright love and hate, populations can be evaluated by by what they say. Bots and trolls can be found and evaluated too! Catbird Linux contains multiple lexicons and language processing packages.

The Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK) is the main language processing tool in Catbird Linux. It has numerous components which parse, tokenize, classify, and evaluate the semantics of written language. Catbird Linux is configured for English, but it is possible to install modules for other languages. VADER Sentiment Analysis is a valence-aware dictionary and rules-based analysis tool crafted for social media analysis. WordNet is effective on groups of words, adept at assigning values based on phrases built on synonyms, antonyms, or neutral with respect to other words.

TextBlob is a package which your scripts will use to examine blocks of text - breaking phrases into parts, then tagging, evaluating, and quantifying sentiment. It is powerful, but easy to use: collect your text, with programmatic instructions, feed it to the processor for evaluation.

Catbird Linux includes a wide variety of python packages ready to work on start-up. If you have your own scripts or Jypyter Notebooks, copy them into the system and run them. Additional packages may be easily added with the pip install or other commands. It is suggested to set up separate Python virtual environments built around specific packages and tasks.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Tools

Artificial Intelligence has quickly proven itself to be an essential element of data collection, interpretation, and content creation. It seems that each week, creative people are finding new ways to use ChatGPT, Bard, Midjourney, and other intelligent tools to reimagine their workflows and be super productive. Catbird Linux is now incorporating some of those tools. Several are bookmarked in the web browser for quick access, while others are included as stand alone apps or browser plugins.

Use Terminal GPT (tgpt) to engage the Bai Chatbot, which may be used anonymously and for free - with no API keys. Look for the Google Bard web browser plugin to enhance your searches or use direct prompts.

Content Creation Tools

Aside from writing text, creating content involves working with audio, video, and images. Catbird Linux is ready to work for you with these applications:

Go and Lua: Elegant - Efficient - Fast

Go and Lua are open source programming languages focused on simplicity, reliability, and efficiency. Writing either Go or Lua to create your applications, you work in a more direct manner, without the bloat and clutter of other programming languages. Golang code is compiled into lightweight, efficient binaries, while Lua is interpreted and executed quickly and reliably.

Gather an analyze data with Python, but use Go to do the heavy work with your refined data. It is 40x faster than Python, similar to Java or C++ but more probrammer-friendly.

Javascript and Typescript: Dynamic Web Content

Neovim and JupyterLab are both configured with syntax and formatting support for Javascript and Typescript. In fact, you can test your code incrementally in JupyterLab. Of course, Firefox is a web browser which will run Javascript or Typescript right out of the box.

Office, Programming, and Multimedia Applications

In addition to data science applications, Catbird Linux is equipped with the full LibreOffice productivity suite. For code writers, there is the Neovim editor, with included plugins supporting Python, Go, Java / Javascript, HTML, Markdown, and other languages. Multimedia files and data streams are available in the VLC Media Player. Web accessible software defined radio servers are bookmarked in Firefox, for accessing live, off-the-air broadcasts from around the world.

Command Line Tools

Catbird Linux contains a plethora of efficient and fast command line tools.

For An Accessible and Secure Internet

Catbird Linux contains applications promoting a decentralised, content neutral, and censorship free internet. For evading national censorship barriers, Wireguard VPN, OpenVPN, and Sshuttle are effective tools. Support for remote Tor connections via ssh tunneling is included (set it up on a distant server). DNS queries are protected with DNS-over-HTTPS software, ensuring that censors cannot monitor or poison domain name lookups.

Local files need protection too! VeraCrypt provides strong cryptographic protection in the form of storage volumes which resist tampering or unauthorised access. Bleachbit is a powerful system cleaner which can also eliminate traces of deleted files by wiping free disk space.

Usage and Installation Options

Catbird Linux is built primarily to run as a live environment. Write it to a flash drive or virtual machine and go forth to do great things. Also, the system may be installed as a persistent, uncompressed filesystem on your hard drive. See these options:

  1. In Linux or Windows, create a bootable USB or SD card using Ventoy or Etcher. Ventoy is capable of creating multiboot drives, so you can set up multiple operating systems for different computing environments. See the Ventoy site for details!
  2. Clone it to the hard drive as a regular, uncompressed operating system with the included linux-clone script.
  3. Run the iso in a virtual machine under Virtualbox, VMware, or in Qemu.
  4. TimeShift is installed. From the live environment, back up the system to a separate medium. Thence, restore the backup as an uncompressed filesystem to the medium you want to operate from in daily computing. Systemback is another option, with the same method: back up to a separate medium then restore onto your working medium.

Persistence: You may enjoy keeping files and settings through reboots by creating a persistent image file, with the name writable. It is also possible to create a whole partition, labeled writable, for persistent data.

It is not recommended to burn an actual DVD to run any live computing environment. It is far, far too slow! Use a flash drive or SSD. For ultimate performance, clone the environment to a regular uncompressed file system.

Technical Notes

Catbird Linux is a 64 bit system, derived derived from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, which is itself derived from Debian Linux. Catbird Linux uses the MATE desktop environment and the i3 window manager to provide users with an efficient workflow light on resources. It carries The capabilities of its parent distros: easy software updating, great graphics, system resource management, and adaptability to user needs. The default username is user and there is no password in the default system.The system runs quite well on modest hardware, and truly shines on strong multi-Core CPUs with abundant memory.

Integrity and Authenticity of Catbird Linux

Great effort goes into making Catbird Linux safe and free of malware. To verify that your copy of the iso image file is authentic, undamaged, and unaltered, check the sha256sum against the official authentication document and verify the digital signature of Catbird Linux. The authentication document is available by the download link at Use the Passwords and Keys or Seahorse application to check the signature. Import the Catbird Linux public key from or


Catbird Linux is provided as-is. No guarantees or warranties are applicable to Catbird Linux. Catbird Linux is derived from Ubuntu Linux and but not endorsed by or affiliated with Ubuntu, Canonical Ltd, or the Linux Mark Institute. End users bear all responsibility for access and use of data obtained with Catbird Linux and must accomplish their own due diligence before such data is used.

Integrated Changes for this Version of Catbird Linux

Version 1.8.0:
Base System: Ubuntu 20.04.6 LTS
Linux Kernel 6.1.28-rt10-x64v3-xanmod1
MATE Desktop Environment (disabled) 1.24.0
Alacritty 0.12.0
Astropy 5.1.1
Audacity 3.0.2
BeautifulSoup4 4.11.1
Bleachbit 4.4.2
Castero 0.9.5
Cartopy 0.21.0
Firefox Quantum 130.0.1
Gimp 2.99.14
Go 1.19.4
i3 Window Manager 4.22
i3ass 2021.10.26
Imagemagick 6.9.10
Inkscape 1.2.2
Ipython 8.7.0
Jq 1.6
JupyterLab 3.5.2
LibreOffice 7.5.3
Lua 5.1.5
Matplotlib 3.6.2
MetPy 1.3.1
Neovim 0.10.0
Newsboat 2.18
Nltk 3.7
Node.js 18.12.1
Obsidian 1.1.16
OBS-Studio 29.1.0
Openjdk-11-jre 11.0.19
Pandas 1.5.2
Pandas-Datareader 0.10.0
PulseEffects 4.8.2
Python 2.7.18 (supporting certain legacy applications)
Python 3.8.10 (supporting system and user applications)
Requests-HTML 0.10.0
Scipy 1.9.3
Scrapy 2.7.1
Selenium 4.7.0
Shotcut 20.02.17
SpaCy 3.5.0
Sympad 1.1.6
Sympy 1.11.1
Tgpt 1.6.4
Tmux 3.0a
VaderSentiment 3.3.2
VeraCrypt 1.25.9
W3M 0.5.3
Zathura 0.4.5

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