From Pine View Farm

How Many Ways Can You Spell “Clueless Lamer”? 2

The heartland turned vicious this week when an Oklahoma town threatened to call in the FBI because its web site was hacked by Linux maker. Problem is CentOS didn’t hack Tuttle’s web site at all. The city’s hosting provider had simply botched a web server.

This tale kicked off yesterday when Tuttle’s city manager Jerry Taylor fired off an angry message to the CentOS staff. Taylor had popped onto the city’s web site and found the standard Apache server configuration boilerplate that appears with a new web server installation. Taylor seemed to confuse this with a potential hack attack on the bustling town’s IT infrastructure.


(Taylor emailed CentOS) “I am computer literate! I have 22 years in computer systems engineering and operation. Now, can you tell me how to remove ‘your software’ that you acknowledge you provided free of charge? I consider this ‘hacking.'”

Click here to see a screen capture of the “404” message. (Use your browser’s “Back” button to return to this page.)

Click here to see the CentOS homepage.

(Maybe I’ll take a few minutes tomorrow and work up a neat 404 page like that one!)

Update, 3/26/06 (Thanks, Bob):

Here are the emails between Mr. Tuttle and CentOS.



  1. Opie

    March 25, 2006 at 12:35 pm

    I just sent an e-mail off to Jerry Taylor telling him that if Tuttle City Hall ever needs a card access system, Sielox is the only way to go, and that in today’s access control market, it’s the tech support that makes all the difference.

  2. Frank

    March 25, 2006 at 6:40 pm

    Just don’t let him near the computer.