"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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