Linux Security Certification Increases
What is Linux?
Linux is a program, called an Operating System, which controls all
facets of a computer. It is the program which controls and provides
resources to the other programs you run on your computer. For a more
complete description of operating systems, go to Webopedia.
Although Linux is solely an operating system, it is typically bundled
with various applications and utilities. These bundles are commonly
known as Linux Distributions. Although there are many available (see
Directory), the most popular are:
With the introduction of Lindows,
Linux has moved more into the mainstream. UNIX-like
operating systems, of which Linux is one, have long been popular in
the server environment. With new, friendlier user interfaces and more
applications users need, Linux is now moving more into the desktop
Federal Government Looking for Alternatives to Microsoft
Because of the bad press Microsoft has received over the years for its
dismal security record and new Homeland Security initiatives, the US
Federal Government has been busy researching alternatives to Windows.
Recently it found the SuSE Linux and IBM partnership.
The Common Criteria for
Information Technology Security Evaluation (CCITSE) has certified
Linux as meeting its second level of security ratings. Specifically,
SuSE Linux received an EAL2+ Security Certification on an IBM
platform. Together the companies paid approximately $500,00 to have
the certification performed.
What Does This Mean?
Experts are predicting that this means growth for Linux Distributions
in the Government and Business sectors. Knowing that an off-the-shelf
version of the Open Source
Operating System has reached this industry milestone will help server
Having an inexpensive, user-friendly home version is also helping
Linux's rise to fame. A complete computer
system can be purchased for under $500 -- including a flat-screen
monitor, computer base unit, keyboard, mouse and Lindows software for
performing normal household functions. A Web-Attached browser is
available for well under $200.
Secure, user-friendly and inexpensive are all elements to continue to
drive the Linux world.