Who’s Afraid of a Big, Bad Hacking Story?

“We’ve just learned that issue 154 of Linux Format, the one with ‘Learn to Hack’ on the cover, was removed from Barnes and Noble bookstores in the US after a complaint was made,” read the announcement last Tuesday on Linux Format’s TuxRadar blog.

Like a flash, the news jumped over to Slashdot and beyond, drawing the ire of Linux geeks far and wide.

“Good for them!” quipped Anonymous Coward on Slashdot, for example. “That’s because Linux is an OS used predominately by criminals to hack machines. I applaud Barnes and Noble for this responsible reaction.”

Then again: “And yet they’ll happily stock martial arts magazines, full of special features about new and exciting ways to hurt people,” noted Alranor.