From Slashdot: This article tells of how a search warrant was granted simply because this student was running some alternate operating system they didn’t understand.  They suspected an email was sent from his computer which defamed a fellow student.  But instead of handling it as a disciplinary matter, they’re getting all Brazil on his a**.

“The Boston College Campus Police have seized the electronics of a computer science student for allegedly sending an email outing another student. The probable cause? The search warrant application states that he is ‘a computer science major’ and he uses ‘two different operating systems for hiding his illegal activity. One is the regular B.C. operating system and the other is a black screen with white font which he uses prompt commands on.’ The EFF is currently representing him.”

I saw a report on this on the news, which said they took every electronic device he owns, including is ipod (an infamous hacking tool, donchaknow.), his computer, and his cell phone.  He’s a Computer Sicence major, so he now has no way of completing his schoolwork.  And he lost his job at the computer lab.

This is a great combination of “Fear of the unknown” and “Shoot first, ask questions later”. Book burning at its finest.  If I were him, I would sue the school for the entire year’s tuition which will now go to waste, missed salary from his job at the lab, the replacement costs for all they took, and a big dollop for mental anguish from having his name dirtied with no evidence.

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From Slashdot: Microsoft May Be Targeting the Ubuntu Desktop.

“Microsoft is advertising for a new director of open source strategy, but this one has a specific purpose: fight the Linux desktop. ‘The Windows Competitive Strategy team is looking for a strong team member to lead Microsoft’s global desktop competitive strategy as it relates to open source competitors.’ For a variety of reasons, this move is almost certainly targeted at Ubuntu Linux’s desktop success.

Anything that worries Microsoft is alright by me.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am not totally anti-Microsoft products.  I believe in “the right tool for the right job”.  But I also feel Microsoft as a company has done some pretty illegal and immoral things, and that they need to be kept in check.  They need to be reminded there are viable alternatives to their products, so they can’t just do whatever they want.  I also believe that if you’re going to use single-source, single-platform technologies, there should be some advantage to doing so that makes limiting your deployment environment worthwhile.

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Free Ubuntu Pocket Guide in PDF format.

The ultimate Ubuntu book!

Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is now available! Written by award-winning author Keir Thomas, Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is a totally unique and concise guide for everyday Ubuntu use.

* Focuses on core competencies and background knowledge needed to be an expert Ubuntu user;
* Readable, accessible, and easy to understand-even if you’ve never used Linux before;
* 100% new and original! Written from the ground-up to cover Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10.

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FSlint is a utility to find and clean various forms of lint on a filesystem. I.E. unwanted or problematic cruft in your files or file names. For example, one form of fslint it finds is duplicate files.  The name is based on the common practice of calling programs that do strict warning/error checking of source code “lint”.  lint programs are used to find potential problems in your source code the compiler might miss.  Likewise, fslint looks for files you may not want, but are not a problem for the filesystem.Continue reading

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