Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 26th Mar 2006 16:16 UTC, submitted by Tyr.
Humor The heartland turned vicious this week when an Oklahoma town threatened to call in the FBI because its web site was hacked by Linux maker Cent OS. Problem is CentOS didn't hack Tuttle's web site at all. The city's hosting provider had simply botched a web server. This tale kicked off yesterday when Tuttle's city manager Jerry Taylor fired off an angry message to the CentOS staff. Taylor had popped onto the city's web site and found the standard Apache server configuration boilerplate that appears with a new web server installation. Taylor seemed to confuse this with a potential hack attack on the bustling town's IT infrastructure.
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RE: Hopefully, a lesson learned
by hornett on Sun 26th Mar 2006 20:01 UTC in reply to "Hopefully, a lesson learned"
hornett
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2005-09-19

The fact that CentOS is free is not relevant to this story, other than Taylor assuming that because it was free it had been put there maliciously ...

Now, can you tell me
how to remove "your software" that you acknowledge you provided free of
charge? I consider this "hacking". I have no fear of the media, in fact I
welcome this publicity.


IMHO I think it is fine to use a free (as in beer) OS, so long as the admin running it is competant enough to configure and maintain it without needing vendor support (although in this case it seems Vidia wasn't up to it).

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