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Seattle Post-Intelligencer: IBM, SuSE Achieve Security Certification for Linux

Aug 05, 2003, 14:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Lohr)

"In a step to help the Linux operating system gain popularity among government and corporate users, IBM and Suse Linux plan to announce Tuesday they have achieved the government's security certification for Linux from the U.S. government, a first for the free operating system.

"The government, under the direction of the Pentagon's Defense Information Security Agency, has revamped its certification standards process in the last year to improve the security of computer systems as part of the effort to strengthen domestic security.

"The program, called Common Criteria Security Certification, posed a potential hurdle to the use of Linux in government data centers because such certification programs are costly and time-consuming. Linux, a variant of the Unix operating system, was created and improved by a network of programmers who freely share the code..."

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