An individual convicted of operating an illegal BitTorrent site shut down by the FBI will be forced to either make the switch from Linux to Windows or give up his computer altogether, ZDNet reports. Scott McCausland had previously been a user of the Ubuntu OS, a popular open-source Linux variant, with which his probation-mandated monitoring software isn't compatible.
He and his attorney will fight the decision. "It isn't the fact that I have to be monitored that bothers me, it is the fact that I have to restructure my life. . . purchase software while I am currently unemployed and relatively unemployable with the two felonies that they gave me," he laments. "It is just a ridiculous situation."