Could Microsoft really be this childish?

Microsoft is banning Linux from its XBox Live service--in very weird ways.

Microsoft is apparently banning dirty words like "Linux" on its XBox Live site. Really.

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, Linux and Unix prompt the following response:
Your motto contains inappropriate language. Please try again.

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

I'm sure it stems from some Microsoft developers' little chuckle one night, but it's childish in the extreme. And, unfortunately, "I want to sell my firstborn to Microsoft" is taken, so I'm all out of nicknames to use on the service.

About the author

    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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