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Thursday, February 13, 2003

Red Hat Puts a Foot in the Door

So the 'reds' finally get to infiltrate the Pentagon. The reds in question this time, however, are not the old adversaries of a bygone era, but Linux enthusiasts from Red Hat, who just got government certification for their Advanced Server operating system. If things go on like this I'm sure it won't be too long before we're reading headlines about Linux 'sleepers' and 'fellow travellers' ensconced in the Pentagon.

The U.S. Department of Defense Information Systems Agency has certified Linux distributor Red Hat's Advanced Server operating system as a "Common Operating Environment," meaning the server product meets the agency's software security and interoperability specification. The certification, announced by Red Hat officials Tuesday, is for Red Hat's top-of-the-line Linux Advanced Server running on IBM's eServerxSeries330 hardware. The Red Hat server is the first Linux product to receive this certification, according to Red Hat. The Common Operating Environment (COE) certification is designed to provide common IT architecture within the Department of Defense, as a way to promote interoperability among the department's computer systems. The certification allows the Defense Department to "achieve the required level of conformance so vital to joint warfare by embracing the self-governance standards created by the Linux community," Matt Mleziva, program director of Defense Information Infrastructure for the U.S. Air Force, said in a Red Hat press release.
Source: Infoworld

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