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Novell acquires Linux security company





nylenz
Novell has acquired Immunix, a small company that sells software designed to improve the security of programs running on Linux servers, Novell said Tuesday.

The Waltham, Mass.-based company will sell Immunix's products as Novell AppArmor, Chief Executive Jack Messman said in a statement. The product is designed to protect Linux and higher-level applications from external or internal attacks and viruses.

Novell declined to disclose the purchase price.

Immunix, based in Portland, Ore., was founded in 1998. It has somewhat fewer than 20 employees, chiefly programmers who focus on security work, said Novell spokesman Bruce Lowry. One of those employees is co-founder Crispin Cowan, who has been involved in Linux kernel security projects.

AppArmor works on Linux products using the 2.6 kernel, but Novell will support it only on its Suse Linux Enterprise Server product, Lowry said.
trilogy456
Quote:
SAN FRANCISCO--For Motorola, the No. 2 maker of mobile phones, Linux is the way of the future.

"We've got to the point where 50 (percent) to 60 percent of our phone platforms will be Linux-based in the next couple years," Greg Besio, vice president of mobile device software, said in an interview at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo.

So far, Motorola's Linux phone efforts have been confined largely to Asia, and there only with high-end "feature phones." Now Motorola has brought Linux to a more mainstream model, the ROKR E2, which Besio showed off during a speech at the Linux show.

But in 2007, consumers in North America and Europe will begin to see widespread Linux phones as Motorola pushes the open-source operating system into mainstream models costing between $100 and $300, Besio said. "That's where we're targeting Linux," he said.
Read more: http://news.com.com/Motorola+dialing+up+mainstream+Linux+phones/2100-7252_3-6106065.html
ocalhoun
nylenz wrote:

AppArmor works on Linux products using the 2.6 kernel, but Novell will support it only on its Suse Linux Enterprise Server product, Lowry said.

Aw, only on server edition?
Oh, well, my SuSE will just have to depend on ordinary security.
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