In August 2003, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) was certified to(EAL2) of an internationally adopted set of government security requirements called the Common Criteria. , Novell said Wednesday at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo that the operating system has passed the more stringent EAL3 tests.
The certification will apply to the SLES software that runs on all of IBM's server lines--its zSeries mainframes, xSeries Intel-based servers, iSeries midrange servers, pSeries Unix servers and the, which uses Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron processors.
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Red Hat, the company that sells the most widely used version of Linux, announced in February that it wasby the end of 2003, but the company hasn't announced that approval yet.
In December, an Oracle representative said the.
Red Hat and SuSE are both IBM business partners, but in New York, Big Blue has been showing warm ties with SuSE. Jim Stallings, IBM's general manager for Linux, praised SuSE at a Tuesday event for business partners of the Novell unit, on the eve of.
"We've seen phenomenal strength in their technology leadership. They were the first company that scaled to eight ways," he said, meaning that SuSE beat out rivals with a version of Linux that could effectively run on a powerful eight-processor server. SuSE "goes to market faster than any of their competitors," he added.
Although SuSE lagged Red Hat in market share, it supported all IBM's server lines much earlier than Red Hat, which reached that point in October. IBM is slated to make a $50 million investment in Novell, now that the Provo, Utah-based company has completed its.