ZDNet UK reported late last week that a user of the Linux operating system had been jailed for uploading a movie to a BitTorrent server.
During his probation period, he must use the Windows operating system if he wishes to use a computer.
Apparently, Scott McCausland's probation officer must install monitoring software onto his computer, and since the software does not support Linux, McCausland must switch to Windows.
I feel a TV commercial coming on.
"Hi, I'm an Ubuntu Linux terminal."
"And I'm a PC."
"PC, could you spare a dime?"
"I need to call my attorney."
In an interview on website TorrentFreak, McCausland said he would fight the imposition:
"It isn't the fact that I have to be monitored that bothers me, it is the fact that I have restructured my life (different OS, different software on the OS) and that they would require (force) me to purchase software while I am currently unemployed. and relatively unemployable with the two felonies that they gave me."
Hey Scott, "Are you ready for Windows Vista?"