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3.27.2006

OK mayor threatens Linux maker with FBI

This is an amusing piece from the Register. The mayor of Tuttle, Oklahoma was outraged one day when the city's website displayed the configuration page for the web server rather than the usual webpage.

The mayor's response was to contact the maker of the web server software, CentOS Linux, and accuse them of hacking the city's website and replacing it with the Linux software. Recognizing the problem was with the provider that hosts the city of Tuttle's website, CentOS tried to direct them to the proper IT support people, but the mayor simply threatened FBI action if the web page didn't return.

Read the exchange of e-mails here.

3 Comments:

At 3/28/2006 11:44:00 AM, Blogger Jeremy said...

Great story.

The Register has posted a follow-up to it as well.

I went to check out Tuttle's webpage - quite spectacular for 1994. I think the City Manager guy kind of looks like Baron von Raschke.

It would have been cool if he threatened them with the dreaded Iron Claw instead of contacting the FBI.

 
At 3/28/2006 12:25:00 PM, Blogger Carlos said...

My favorite line out of the whole thing (Jerry's reply to the mayor of Tuttle, OK after learning who he's speaking to via email): I feel sorry for your city.

 
At 3/28/2006 03:46:00 PM, Blogger Craig said...

He's also one of those evil "comic sans" users... BLECH.

 

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