[ISN] Government tips hat to Red Hat

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Date: Thu Feb 13 2003 - 01:31:09 PST

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    By Stephen Shankland
    Staff Writer, CNET News.com
    February 11, 2003
    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.
    The certification bolsters Red Hat's Advanced Server product, a
    higher-end version of its operating system that costs more money and
    that comes with a subscription to the Red Hat Network management and
    update service. The Raleigh, N.C.-based company is aggressively
    pushing customers as well as hardware and software partners to the
    Advanced Server product.
    Separately, the Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute is
    working on obtaining certification for Linux under a separate
    government program called Common Criteria.
    With the move, database software maker Oracle will begin trying to get
    its 9i RAC database software an approved part of the COE software
    world, the company said in a statement.
    Sun Microsystems achieved the certification with its Solaris 8 version
    of the Unix operating system in September. IBM's AIX, another version
    of Unix, is certified, as are Hewlett-Packard's HP-UX and Microsoft's
    Windows NT.
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