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Government Computing News: Linux not ready for DOD prime time

Aug 23, 2000, 21:08 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark A. Kellner)

"The Linux open-source operating system so far is a nonstarter in the command and control market, although it has reached the commercial big leagues through its adoption by several major hardware vendors, including Compaq Computer Corp., Dell Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp., IBM Corp. and SGI."

"But Linux does not meet the Defense Information Infrastructure's Common Operating Environment Kernel Platform Compliance requirements for a Posix-compliant application programming interface, Posix-compliant commands and utilities, the Motif X Window System interface, the Common Desktop Environment and Network File System sockets."

"Proponents want to keep the Linux core open by posting source code online and letting anyone have a crack at modifying it, which could represent a security compromise for military systems for command, control, communications, computers and intelligence."

"Drew Streib, a technical marketing executive at VA Linux Systems Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., said he sees two ways for Defense Department organizations to use Linux."

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