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LinuxDevices.com: Protectix & Lynx developing secure embedded Linux

Apr 24, 2000, 17:42 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Protectix, Inc. and Lynx Real-Time Systems today announced a joint development agreement for an embedded Linux operating system (OS) specifically for network security. The OS, to be known as Protectix' ApplianceOS will be developed in parallel with Lynx' BlueCat Linux to generate a secure embedded operating system for non-real time environments."

"Under the agreement, Protectix will take advantage of Lynx experience in OS development to strengthen ApplianceOS its Linux-based, open-source Internet security OS. In turn, Lynx will be able to integrate and redistribute Protectix security features in BlueCat, including Protectix' strict review of code and integration of Open Source firewall, virtual private networking applications and technology enabling secure remote updates of the operating system. Protectix will use the BlueCat development tools in the process to retain the flexibility of BlueCat Linux but streamlining it for a select set of security applications."

"Security for many proprietary software vendors often means preventing disclosure of security weaknesses, but obscuring source code is not an effective defense," stated Mark Willey, co-founder and CTO of Protectix. "Companies can't trust security vendors that hide details on operation-crippling security exploits and fail to update their product. Open Source is a customer requirement. ApplianceOS and Blue Cat Linux are secure by design."

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