"Verano, a company that sells software for controlling
everything from power plants to factories, is embracing Linux,
along with security features that the U.S. National Security Agency
added to the operating system.
"Verano currently sells software based on Windows and on
versions of Unix, but believes customers are now moving toward
Linux, a sign of the gradual maturing of the operating system. The
NSA-augmented version of Linux, called SELinux has tamper-proofing
features useful for critical facilities that must resist attacks
launched over computer networks.
"'Because of the emphasis IBM has placed on Linux, followed by
HP and even Sun, (customers) have naturally started considering
Linux,' said Pan Kamal, vice president of marketing. He expects the
software will be in use controlling important infrastructure such
as water-pumping systems 'probably within 12 months, maybe
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