Thursday, April 16, 2009

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Police Profiling... Linux?!?

You thought I was mad about the Missouri cops profiling people based on bumper stickers? Well now it seems at least one campus security operation (Boston College) is going after someone because he's a Linux user:
"Mr. Calixte uses two different operating systems to hide his illegal activities (sic). One is the regular B.C. operating system and the other is a black screen with white font which he uses prompt commands on."

Aside from the remarkable overreach by campus and state police in trying to paint a student as suspicious in part because he can navigate a non-Windows computer environment, nothing cited in the warrant application could possibly constitute the cited criminal offenses.

Don't get scared, people. The cops may bust you for using the command line, but remember, it's a non-essential, like a keyboard shortcut, in most distributions.

The biggest distro, Ubuntu, upgrades next week with the release of version 9.04, "Jaunty Jackalope," on Thursday the 23rd. That's only 12 days before our sales tax election; why do they always upgrade right when I'm busy? Version 8.10, Intrepid Ibex, came out just five days before the presidential election, and 9.10 ("Karmic Koala"; Ubuntu is always Alliterative Animal) will land right before next fall's city election.

But no matter if you're a yes or no on the sales tax, Ubuntu is tax free.

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