Using Linux a crime at Boston College?

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  1. Johann

    Johann Active Member

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    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. :sad:

    Johann
     
  2. instant000

    instant000 New Member

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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.

    www.eff.org/files/filenode/inresearchBC/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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  3. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

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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:

    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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  4. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

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    BC's webserver is Linux as well.
     
  5. sanantone

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    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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