There’s an interesting furore developing around a convicted movie pirate, Scott McCausland. As part of his sentence he has to submit to having all his internet activities monitored by the authorities.

Unfortunately for Scott, this means he can no longer use Ubuntu Linux – or indeed any Linux – because the monitoring software only works on Windows. This is not to say that the internet use of Linux and Macintosh users a cannot be monitored, just that the American authorities can’t do it.

Needless to say, he’s fighting the decision tooth an nail. As The Register puts it: “Using monitoring software and wearing a monitoring bracelet were bitter enough pill but switching to Windows is just too much for the Tux-lover, who intends to fight the decision.”

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