Red Hat Linux Advanced now a COE kernel

Red Hat Linux Advanced Server has become the first Linux platform to achieve certification for the Defense Information Infrastructure Common Operating Environment.

Michael Tiemann, chief technical officer for Red Hat Inc. of Raleigh, N.C., said this month's certification from the Defense Information Systems Agency 'explodes a myth about the enterprise readiness of open-source software.'

Red Hat's server software joins Compaq Tru64 Unix 4.0e, IBM AIX 5L 5.1, Sun Solaris 8 and other platform-specific operating systems as a DII COE 4.x kernel. The Global Command and Control System and Global Combat Support System are built on top of the COE kernel, which includes not only an operating system but also tools and security extensions.

All Defense Department command and control and national security systems are supposed to comply with the COE.

IBM Corp. announced it will 'step up to the plate and dedicate the time and resources' to apply for Common Criteria certification for Linux.

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