A Continuing Work in Progress: The State of Linux 2006
Source: TomHardware - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Security To label Linux a purely enthusiast or hobbyist operating system is overly facile; such a stance also categorically denies that Linux has any real industry presence. On the contrary, prominent top-tier manufacturers such as Dell, IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-Packard all openly support Linux in select product lines, and many lower-tier manufacturers have adopting this platform to establish cost-effective price points in various highly competitive marketplaces. Government support for Linux also comes in a variety of forms. Most notably, this includes the NSA-sponsored Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) policy extensions adopted into the mainstream by Red Hat starting with Fedora Core 2 (the current version is Fedora Core 5). SELinux extends basic security functionality to the Linux platform, and makes it easier to create a hardened installation. These are only a few examples of where Linux is actively developed by high-visibility organizations, all of which take this platform very seriously.

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