[Wolves] Forced to ditch Linux

Kevanf1 kevanf1 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 26 15:03:09 BST 2007

On 26/08/07, Chris Fox <chris at robotninja.net> wrote:
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> Kevanf1 wrote:
> > On 25/08/07, Re-LoaD <reload at brum2600.net> wrote:
> >> Did you guys see this ?
> >>
> >> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/08/24/movie_pirate_linux_ban/
> >>
> >> Re-
> >>
> >
> > He may be able to use the 'cruel and unusual punishment' claim to get
> > out of this.  But, this is the US and their laws are different to
> > ours...  Whatever, that simply stinks higher than a heap of pig muck.
> >
> >
> How is it cruel and unusual? It's not like they want to hang him up from
> his eyelashes or anything.
> He's lucky that the judge is letting him use a computer at all, and I
> don't see why everyone else's taxes should be spent developing the
> monitoring software for linux too.
> Bear in mind that this is a part of his "home imprisonment" sentencing,
> and he's also done some jail time - where he won't have much choice in
> OS either. If he doesn't like it, he shouldn't have done the crime - and
> no-one's *making* him use a computer at all.
> Regards,
> Chris
> - --

Ok, so he's done his jail time.  If he's done his time then surely he
has now paid his price for the crime he committed.  Nobody is saying
that what he did is wrong least of all me.  I still say it is cruel
and unusual.  Wouldn't you feel that it was cruel to be forced to use
Windows?  Agreed he ought to be barred entirely from using a PC if
that is part of his punishment.  However, the fact is he is allowed to
use a PC so he should also be allowed to choose the method of usage
i.e. the operating system.  By being forced to only use Windows the
judge has put this person at risk of being a victim of other criminals
due to the insecure nature of Microsoft software.

Kevan Farmer
Linux user #373362

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