Solaris to enlist military security

Thursday, 18 September 2003, 3:49 PM EST

Sun Microsystems has revealed that the next release of its Solaris operating system will contain enhanced security features developed through the company's close ties with the US military and intelligence services.

Code-named Solaris Next, but expected to follow the current naming pattern and be known as Solaris 10, the future release of the server operating system will contain security features currently only found in Trusted Solaris -- a specialised flavour of the operating system developed in conjunction with, and used by, the US government and armed forces.

Speaking at the company's SunNetwork conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Mark Tolliver, Sun's chief strategy officer said the company hadn't yet decided on a name for the platform, or pricing, but revealed it would be released in the second half of 2004.

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