Defense, NSA move on 'open source' software development

Wednesday, 26 March 2003, 5:03 AM EST

The National Security Agency and Defense Department are continuing to promote government use of software like Linux whose source code is freely available to the public, representatives of the departments said at a Monday conference on such "open source" software.

Peter Loscocco, a senior research scientist at NSA, said that in spite of complaints from proprietary software vendors, the agency is continuing to improve its Security Enhanced Linux (SE Linux), a variant of the popular Linux operating system software that deploys an advanced security architecture.

"We are preparing to submit SE Linux [for inclusion in] the Linux kernel," or the core element of the evolving operating system that is available for free, Loscocco said at an event sponsored by the Center of Open Source and Government at George Washington University. "That will make it possible for [SE Linux] to run with an out-of-the-box Linux system."

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