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    Using Linux a crime at Boston College?

    The writer notes that in their parents' young days, potential college subversives could be picked out by long hair, pot and beads. Nowadays, he says, the markers at Boston College seem to be computer screens with plain white fonts and no pictures. Gimme a break! The "suspect" is an IT major and employed by the IT center at the College. Surely it's neither remarkable nor nefarious that he can navigate at a command prompt?

    Apparently, using Linux is a crime at Boston College | ZDNet

    This is truly a sad, sad state of affairs.

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    I just went down a wild goose chase because you posted this. (EDIT: ... because I was curious about this.)

    Turned out it was a case of two rommates having a disagreement (domestic issues).

    One roommate basically accuses the other of outing him on a gay website and changing other students' grades.

    They provided evidence to suggest the outing on the gay website, but there was no evidence presented that the kid had changed anyone's grades.

    A judge eventually threw out the case.

    http://www.eff.org/files/filenode/in.../EXHIBIT-A.pdf

    Boston College Campus Police v. Calixte | Digital Media Law Project

    BC student to get his computers back after high court throws out search warrant - Computerworld
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    This story is four years old. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been accused of engaging in "FUD horseshit" by spreading it:

    The EFF is misleading people in its defense of Riccardo Calixte, a Boston College student whose computer equipment was recently seized by police. EFF are spreading the story that Boston Police seized Calixte's property because he uses Linux and that's inherently suspicious. This is not the case. The warrant doesn't claim that Linux use is illicit behavior. The warrant alleges that Calixte played a prank on his roommate which may be criminal. While the warrant mentions Calixte's Linux use, it does so in a cursory manner to help identify Calixte. ...

    Calixte's Linux use is relevant because it helps identify Calixte as the prankster. According to BC's DHCP logs, a Linux computer, registered on the network as "bootleg-laptop", sent the email. Calixte had previously registered machines on the network as "bootleg-laptop". Another log showed access of adam4adam by a computer running Linux and registered by Calixte. The computer was registered as "calixtri-ubuntu". In the entire 154-student residence hall, only 2 computers ran Linux, and only 1 accessed adam4adam. If the computer which performed the gay spoof ran Linux, and only 2 computers in the hall ran Linux, then the fact that Calixte used Linux is totally relevant.
    Incidentally, Boston College currently has a webpage devoted specifically to the powerful Linux cluster that they operate. Based solely on this point, the obvious answer to the question: "Using Linux a crime at Boston College?" appears to be "No."
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    BC's webserver is Linux as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CalDog View Post
    This story is four years old. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been accused of engaging in "FUD horseshit" by spreading it:



    Incidentally, Boston College currently has a webpage devoted specifically to the powerful Linux cluster that they operate. Based solely on this point, the obvious answer to the question: "Using Linux a crime at Boston College?" appears to be "No."
    I figured the article was misleading or didn't have all of the facts. I learned more about the case by reading the comments.
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