Yes, it’s illegal to posess and/or distribute Linux because there’s no such thing as “free” software.
Found via David’s blog the UNIX Administratosphere.
…I saw he was giving a demonstration of some sort. The student was showing the ability of the laptop and handing out Linux disks. After confiscating the disks I called a confrence with the student and that is how I came to discover you and your organization. Mr. Starks, I am sure you strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom. At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful…
The Earth-shattering irony should be apparent to almost anyone. No one in the Linux world would ever “confiscate the disks” from children. What is harmful is the impression left on young minds about authority figures (who already have diminishing trust) and how ignorance to this degree may spread without properly being informed.
I always thought the kids at my school who spray panted “Fascists” on the lockers were nothing but just a bunch of punks. Never in my dreams would I have imagined those kids may have had a point.
It can be by banning books, software, art or destroying them altogether. But the prelude to any sort of facism, the hallmark of it, the one common theme, is the denial of access to information… Any sort of information.
A truly free society need not fear free ideas.