April 16, 2004

Apple Pushes Feds Toward Broader Open-Source Use

Apple might beat Linux to the Government desktop. "Apple Computer Inc. is seeking Common Criteria evaluation of Mac OS X, which could open government doors wider to open-source software.

Apple wants a Common Criteria Evaluated Assurance Level 3, which 'costs big bucks,' said John Hurley, Appleâs security policy architect. 'Itâs a pain in the neck to spend that money.'

But, Hurley told an audience at the recent Secure Trusted Operating System symposium in Washington, the entire open-source community could benefit from the effort. The OS X kernel is based on the Darwin open-source operating system.


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