December 3, 2003

Red Hat Linux nears security clearance

Red Hat is nearing completion of a critical certification process that should speed adoption of its Linux operating system distribution by governments
and security-conscious businesses.

Oracle, which is sponsoring Red Hat in the project, said the evaluation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 under the Common Criteria Scheme was expected to
be "substantively complete" by the end of this month. Following this, the UK certification body must carry out a review and issue certification.
"Obviously, this phase of the evaluation is not under vendor control, but is expected to take between a month to six weeks," said Tim Payne, Oracle's
European head of technology products, on Wednesday.



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