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Live-CD's? Violating policies?

  1. Aug 13, 2004 #1


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    I've been wondering if booting a Live-Linux CD, i.e. "Knoppix" goes against my college's computer use guidelines.

    "k. Users must not attempt to modify system facilities or subvert the restrictions associated with their computer resource."


    "While the *** does not routinely do so, the *** is able
    and reserves the right to monitor and / or log all network activity of
    users without notice, including all e-mail and Internet communications.
    Users should have no reasonable expectation of privacy in the
    use of these resources."

    Technically, they still have the capability to monitor network traffic coming from a Live-CD booted machine.

    I'm not writing data to the hard-drive, and the CD, itself, isn't part of the computer or college property. So *they* don't have the right to impose restrictions on the CD itself, unless the restrictions comply with the GPL.
    (All software on Knoppix is under the GPL, or some nondistributable but open-source license).

    The college is also *very* serious about software licensing. Since the specific Knoppix distribution I use is open-source and consists of mostly GPL'd software, they have doing to worry about.

    It's a vague topic, looking for some input.
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2004
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  3. Aug 13, 2004 #2


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    I wouldn't worry too much. Unless there is a big incident they won't check their logs. There is just too much data to keep track off. If you try and get fancy by encrypting your internet traffic through a tunnel you'll might call more attention to yourself, if they have an intrusion dection system setup.
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