"Start-up Guardian Digital has launched an effort to sell a
version of Linux that's less vulnerable to attack, a niche the
company hopes will gain it a foothold in the market for the
Unix-like operating system.
"The Allendale, New Jersey-based start-up released its EnGarde
Secure Professional product on Tuesday, a version of Linux that
comes with management tools and server software designed to thwart
attacks. The product costs $549 (£351), plus $219 per year
for a mandatory software update service.
"Linux, like the Unix operating system on which it's based and
other operating systems, has had its share of security problems,
but often the problems come with higher-level software such as the
SNMP service for letting administrators manage servers or the
Apache program for sending Web pages to browsers. Guardian Digital
aims to stomp out many of those problems by what software is used,
testing it with the other software and in some cases writing new
programs, said Chief Executive Dave Wreski..."