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Linux finds a role in Australian prison cells

May 29, 2009, 18:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Withers)

"Cybersource developed the PrisonPC system specifically for detention facilities. It is designed to deliver educational, cultural and recreational applications and content in a secure manner.

"The Ubuntu Linux based system runs on individual PCs (using Atom CPUs as they are the fastest available that don't require cooling fans), but the environment is locked down and all storage is centralised. This ensures a 'clean' operating environment on each login, even in the relatively unlikely event of malware reaching the system during a previous session.

"Individual computers are assigned to 'realms', and this determines which applications are made available. For example, the 'cells' realm might only provide access to applications such as a word processor and spreadsheet along with content of a religious nature, while games might only be available in the 'recreation room' realm."

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