"Red Hat's high-end version of Linux has received a
certification that clears the way for broader use of the operating
system in government.
"Red Hat's Advanced Server version received the Defense
Department's Common Operating Environment (COE)certification
running on an Intel-based IBM server, the first version of Linux to
pass the milestone. Red Hat is trying to coax customers to move as
quickly as possible from its less-expensive products to the
better-supported Advanced Server version.
"The COE effort began in 1993 as a way to build specific
features and interface characteristics into several different
operating systems. The initiative makes it easier to get military
software running on the wide variety of computer systems in use
today and to train people to use the systems..."