Fedora vs OpenSuse

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Mon Jun 18 16:22:55 UTC 2007

Robin Laing wrote:
> I read this article this morning and it is interesting and associated to 
> the thread.
> Red Hat Linux Gets Top Government Security Rating
> http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,132978-c,redhat/article.html
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> Quote from the article
> Linux developers have been working to add these "SE Linux" access 
> control features into the operating system for several years now. SE 
> Linux shipped as part of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, and now it has been 
> certified for government use, Frye said. "You now have a level of 
> fine-grained control for everybody," he added. "You can set security 
> based on groups or based on individuals."
> ---------------
> Now does F7 follow the same security model or does RHEL5 have additional 
> software added?  But the addition of SELinux does improve the security 
> of Linux, enough to get certification out of the box.
> To me this is a good reason to support Fedora over OpenSuse.

RHEL 5 doesn't have any additional software added which is a key 
improvement over other "trusted" operating systems but certifications 
are for specific hardware and software combinations are doesn't transfer 
to Fedora or even rebuilds but since everything is open if a different 
distribution wants to adopt the same technology and go through 
certification they could do so.

SELinux is key to this process without which LSPP at EAL4+ level would 
be difficult if not impossible for Linux based systems.



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