Crazy Linux Fans Are Messing up Departmental Store Computers
By on March 18th, 2010

Is it just me or something is seriously wrong with FOSS fanatics! I was stumbling through websites and came across this stupid website with a stupid page which goes all gaga about something called PCjacking.

I had not heard of that term until I was surprised to see, it even made to a Wikipedia entry! From what I could figure out, PCjacking is an art of messing up with departmental store computers by quietly installing Linux on them to promote Linux. This of-course is an unauthorized install.

Needless to say, this process involves great risk to your respect, supposed sanity and public profile.

Wikipedia describes this art as,

PCjacking is the act of putting a Linux Live CD in a public computer, such as one located in a department store or public library, and rebooting it into Linux. The reason for this is to show people that Windows isn’t the only operating system available and that there are alternatives. PCjacking does not damage the hijacked PC and does not alter any settings.

Some more digging around revealed that these crazy guys have got 696 Diggs! These fanatics are using a Knoppix Live CD and have got a website to their assistance. According to them, this is an opportunity for them to let people know about other Operating Systems than Windows.

They also advise people to try this stunt but let me warn you. Do not. Out of all the things this in-your-face attitude can do to you, getting chased and beaten up is the most probable of them.

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  • http://friendfeed.com/silner Silner

    This is not something I would do and it seems pretty childish, but let's ask some obvious questions here:

    Was any hardware damaged in this process?

    Did any customer walk out with the wrong system?

    Are you suggesting violence is a proportionate response to what is, in essence, a prank?

  • http://www.yatsite.blogspot.com L4Linux

    The article says "PCjacking does not damage the hijacked PC and does not alter any settings.". How did you figure out that they install it? They just run it Live. It is "unauthorized reboot".

  • http://sebsauvage.net sebsauvage

    LiveCD.

    So there is no install, and not a single bit of the harddrive messed up.

  • morgan

    Good idea.

    One of the main things holding Linux back is that people just do not know about it.

    I have converted about 20 people to Linux, ranging from poweruser to computer idiot – as none of them play games they have not had a single problem with their desktops (unlike when they ran windows and got random crashes all the time – usually virus/spyware related)

  • http://gnuski.blogspot.com/ lefty.crupps

    > putting a Linux Live CD in a public computer
    LiveCD dude, no install involved. If you don't know anything about Linux, you may not understand this, but Linux is super flexible, including running a full, graphical OS from a CD or DVD.

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  • http://www.techarraz.com Chinmoy Kanjilal

    Well, quoting back @Silner,

    <blockquotes>This is not something I would do and it seems pretty childish</blockquotes>

    And please do not put words in my mouth. I am not suggesting violence.

    And given the fact that I know what a Live CD is,

    @lefty.crupps,

    <blockquotes>If you don’t know anything about Linux, you may not understand this, but Linux is super flexible, including running a full, graphical OS from a CD or DVD</blockquotes>

    Well, that is the exact attitude that needs changing. Dont believe me? Ask the Canonicals COO. Linux is good fro those who have not used Windows much, as they have not much to compare to.

    I am an open-source and Linux Enthusiast and will stand by Linux, but I cannot approve of this attitude. It only makes it look like we are trying too hard!

    • http://yatsite.blogspot.com L4Linux

      If doing "unauthorized reboot" to Linux is bad, than what is unauthorized (and NOT free) installation of windows to the PCs we order???

  • troy mcclure

    >Is it just me or something is seriously wrong with >FOSS fanatics!

    So its fair game then to ask Whats wrong with Mac fanatics?
    There was a pedophile groups arrested this week and they showed the seized computers…. Macs.

    Therefore, I can use the same logic you use:
    we can take the actions of single individuals and blame whole groups for their actions.
    Ergo, all Mac users are pedophiles.

    I work on 4 different free software projects (one of them is sponsored by a Fortune 500 company), am fluent in 4-5 computer languages and believe not only in technology but in the rights of users and consumers, I dont appreciate the stereotyping just as Im sure non-pedo Mac users dont appreciate mine.

    > getting chased and beaten up is the most probable >of them.

    What kind of thirld world shitstain do you live in?
    (see, stereotypes.)

  • niek

    you mentioned:
    This of-course is an unauthorized install.

    running a live cd is not an install!!!
    linux doesn't get copied to the hard drive it just runs from the cd or usb-stick. rebooting on hard-drive boots windows!

  • TTSDA

    You sir, are a f**king idiot

 
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