"Washington DC - Bill Clinton signed into law yesterday
legislation that makes Linux bashing an offense covered under the
hate crime statute. Anyone convicted of Linux bashing will now face
Federal charges. The law is in response to the recent beating of a
Linux user at the University of Colorado by a Windows 2000 Users
"Law enforcement officials have been given some guidelines to
follow when determining if a crime is covered by the statute. For
example if a person beats someone to death with a hammer they would
just face murder charges in a state court. However, if a person
beats someone to death with a hammer while yelling "You Linux using
bastard," then they would be charged under the hate crimes statute
and face trial in a Federal court."
"Many oppose the law, because they feel that it is unfairly
targeted at one particular group. "This makes it near impossible to
do our job properly without breaking the law," said Microsoft PR
representative Bailey McClain, "the Feds are taking away one of our
most useful tools."
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