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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Hopefully, a lesson learned
by angstwritten on Sun 26th Mar 2006 19:25 UTC
angstwritten
Member since:
2006-02-04

CentOs is a great alternative to RHEL for either non-mission critical applications, or for people who can live without the need to pick up the phone.

Those who are just too cheap to pay for the support of an Enterprise Class distro should expect to get exactly what they paid for.

It's sort of like complaining of poor service at the Dollar Store.....

You can't fault the town for ignorance. You can fault them for being cheap.

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RE: Hopefully, a lesson learned
by mmarshall on Sun 26th Mar 2006 19:40 in reply to "Hopefully, a lesson learned"
mmarshall Member since:
2005-07-12

Those who are just too cheap to pay for the support of an Enterprise Class distro should expect to get exactly what they paid for.

Ok... So if they want to blame their distro vendors for hacking them, they should pay for that ability?

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RE: Hopefully, a lesson learned
by hornett on Sun 26th Mar 2006 20:01 in reply to "Hopefully, a lesson learned"
hornett Member since:
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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RE: Hopefully, a lesson learned
by Tyr. on Sun 26th Mar 2006 20:10 in reply to "Hopefully, a lesson learned"
Tyr. Member since:
2005-07-06

Those who are just too cheap to pay for the support of an Enterprise Class distro should expect to get exactly what they paid for.

It's sort of like complaining of poor service at the Dollar Store.....

You can't fault the town for ignorance. You can fault them for being cheap.


Actually it was the towns hosting provider which was at fault. The CentOS guy found this out for the amazingly rude and clueless city official even after threatening him several times. How's that for support ? He must have the patience of a saint and a very thick skin.

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angstwritten Member since:
2006-02-04

Someone at the town chose the hosting provider. I am sure it was a cost concern.

And to be clear -- I have *NOTHING* against CentOS. In fact, it is my distro of choice. Kudos to everyone there.

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