Red Hat Linux gets DII COE nod

Red Hat Linux gets DII COE nod

Red Hat Linux Advanced Server is the first Linux platform to receive certification for the Defense Information Infrastructure Common Operating Environment, the company's chief technical officer announced today.

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

Red Hat Linux joins Sun Solaris 7, Hewlett-Packard HP-UX 10.20 and Microsoft Windows 4.0 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.

Besides the kernel layer, the COE has data exchange and application layers. All Defense Department command and control and national security systems are supposed to comply with the COE. DISA last year solicited public comments on open-source software in Defense systems, noting that a two-week e-mail survey by Mitre Corp. had identified 110 open-source applications in use at DOD.

Oracle Corp.'s chief security officer, Mary Ann Davidson, said Oracle plans to 'pursue Oracle9i Real Applications Clusters segmentation' on the COE-compliant Red Hat Linux server software.

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