Federal Computer Weekly: Linux Meets Enterprise Server Challenge
Mar 09, 2004, 17:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Government officials are beginning to sit up and take notice of
the Linux operating system.
"A few years ago, Linux began appearing in data centers as
information technology professionals discovered that the
open-source operating system could easily tackle basic network
tasks -- such as Web, file and print serving -- more
cost-effectively than its commercial counterparts.
"Initially, many government agencies were hesitant to deploy
Linux for mission-critical application servers, preferring instead
to use one or more of the commercial Unix operating systems to
ensure scalability. In addition, many government IT purchasers were
skeptical of Linux's ability to comply with the Common Criteria
Evaluation and Validation Scheme, internationally recognized
procedures for testing the level of security in IT products. Such
compliance is required for many agency IT purchases..."