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Sep 4 2007   9:04AM GMT

Unix, Linux keywords banned from Xbox Live



Posted by: ITKE
Tags:
Linux humor
Microsoft

How’s this for some offbeat news to start your you-can-no-longer-wear-white season? A few blogs I read this morning are reporting that people on the Xbox Live online service are being forbidden from using gamertags (read: screen names for Xbox 360) that feature the words Linux or Unix.

Okay, what happens when you like Linux, and decide to change your Xbox Live gamertag motto to “Linux rules”? Well, Microsoft black flags you, that’s what. According to xbox-scene.com, Linux and Unix prompt the following response:

Linux banned from XBox Live

I can confirm this as I just tried it myself. Also, according to some xbox-scene.com forum-goers, variations on Linux such as “L I N U X” or “L inux” also are banned.

I try to keep an even hand here at the Log, being a journalist and all, but this is just lame. It’s not even worthy of being called “childish” as that would be an insult to even the most insipid of today’s youth.

Seriously, Microsoft. I mean… really?!

UPDATE@8:54 EST: Seems this may be a trademark issue. Words like Microsoft are also banned. No word yet on whether or not “having fun” is still allowed on the console. Developing…

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  • ITKE
    I agree, this is just lame. What's next, flagging "Linux" as a mispelled proper noun in MS Office? Are they *that* scared of it? I wonder if they flag "FreeBSD" in the same way.... I don't much care for "MS Windows" or "MS Office" as products. Same for Apple's "Mac OS X." So, I simply choose not to use them. However, that doesn't mean I would block those names from any blog entry on any Web site of mine. It's just childish.
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  • ITKE
    This is an example of why I don't own an XBox and in general avoid Microsoft products. Their behavior just isn't professional. They purposely add weird little bugs like this in. As if their products didn't have enough bugs to begin with.
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  • ITKE
    OMFG ... are they SERIOUSLY that lame? SERIOUSLY??? We got past the laughing. Got past the name calling. Just about over the fighting. Looks like linux is just about to win. Game over for Uncle Billy.
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  • ITKE
    LMFAO!!! wow, i think that ms has now stooped to a new low. ah well, i don't have to worry about it, i refuse to support microsoft. i love linux. Slackware 12.0 FTW!!
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  • ITKE
    Ok... so they don't allow anything with "Linux" or "Unix". Do they allow "MS_sux?" Or do they allow anything with "Microsoft" or "Windows" in the name? Remember, it's THEIR game box, THEIR online service, THEIR operating system, THEIR monopoly. If you don't like it, you can take your Xbox and go home. Oh, wait, the EULA probably states that you don't actually OWN the box, so if you don't like it, you can just go home empty-handed.
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  • ITKE
    The fact is it's Microsofts system and they can do whatever they hell they want, don't like it? Then go by a console made by Linus Torvalds... oh wait...
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  • ITKE
    That's pathetic. How low can that company go. Are they really that scared/paranoid?
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  • ITKE
    This is not a new thing. Years ago, in order to be able to chat on MSN with my daughters, I got a hotmail account. In attempting to select a name that had something to do with Linux, I got exactly the same message. I eventually was able to get L_i_n_u_x__fan through. I would expect the verification code is the same and that this would be a "language appropriate" xbox name.
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  • ITKE
    Wow. How lame.
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  • ITKE
    DmanIce, learn how to spell... >Then go by a console made by Linus Torvalds… oh wait…
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  • ITKE
    [...] Fuente: XBOX-Scene vía Aeropause vía Enterprise Linux vía Destructoid [...]
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  • ITKE
    Has anyone tries Linus? Would be interesting to know if that was banned as well seen as though it's a real name......
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  • ITKE
    Dude, you can't use Microsoft either... it's keeping company names out of user names, which is a good idea. So shut up, Linux fanbois.
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  • ITKE
    The author obviously didn't take his experimentation very far. You simply aren't allowed to use trademarks. Names like "Microsoft" or "Windows" aren't permitted either. Come on, people.
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  • ITKE
    lol, m$ is dealing wid puberty
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  • ITKE
    This is really shameful, this tells the small hearted and ill mentallity of microsoft team.
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  • DrK
    So now "censorware" has become so common that it can censor things you never thought worth censoring. Try registering an email address with the word "hacker" at hotmail in for example ...
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  • ITKE
    "Dude, you can’t use Microsoft either… it’s keeping company names out of user names, which is a good idea. So shut up, Linux fanbois." Are you serious? How is this a good idea? Linux isn't a company name, "wetard"
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  • ITKE
    I wonder if they check hexcodes...
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  • ITKE
    I really don't want to defend MS here, but this seems like the stupid outcome of some wannebe-business-whatsoevers to prevent using names that are under some copyright. It is absolutely stupid still and freedom of speech (I can use the gametag that I want!) never ment a lot for MS. It's just like the old saying that Linux unsers want a buttler not a nanny - MS alway tries to be a nanny though and screws up.
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  • ITKE
    so cheap ... just give them .... L_|_NUX
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  • ITKE
    Dudes, Come on, stop calling MS cheap for banning Linux. They even banned themselves, and likely Macintosh as well therefore, it can be presumed that it's all trademark names. Probably for legal things. Calling MS anything else is fine by me though.
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  • ITKE
    How bout LionX or variation
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