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CNET: HP to sell secure version of Linux

Aug 22, 2001, 15:50 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

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"Hewlett-Packard will sell a secure version of Linux, a product that marks a departure for computer makers that traditionally have favored partnerships with companies such as Red Hat that sell Linux.

HP Secure OS Software for Linux, which will be announced Wednesday, will cost about $3,000, said Roberto Medrano, general manager of HP's Internet Security division. It includes a version 2.4 of Linux with open-source HP enhancements, higher-level software such as Apache Web server, and utilities that tightly control communications between programs and detect attacks.

The move is a departure for companies such as HP that sell servers, the powerful networked computers on which the Linux operating system is most popular. HP, IBM, Compaq Computer and Dell Computer historically have preferred partnerships with the major companies that sell Linux--Red Hat, Caldera International, SuSE and Turbolinux--to creating a version of Linux of their own."

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