So a new release and it has been reported finally – The Air Force secure Linux distro – LPS – Lightweight Portable Security (been in the works for a while internally) but more public now and on Distrowatch with a July/August public release date.
Anti Tamper – the whole notion of open source software is to tamper with it – that makes me smile.
Its funny to me because I spent 21 years in the Air Force. Could not get anyone to pay any attention to Linux when I was working hard on my distro and working on many flavors of Linux that were looked at with disdain amongst others I worked with. This primarily because they simply did not understand. So many of the internal systems in the AF are incredibly layered messes of authentication and disparate systems and bolt on controls and security mechanisms. I even recently tried to get to a “retiree” web site and the links were humorously broken into an endless loop (.mil addresses). So I have to chuckle a little when they release this, and lots of instructions on how to make it work, and discussion of putting in on a thumb drive or CD and using it when by default many AF systems have explicit rules against portable media use and have disabled USB ports, etc…
Lots of talk in the Military about “joint forces” and working together which many branches do every day and do a great job, but some day I will tell stories about my attempts to get “joint” systems to work together and the 9 layers of hell it was in the computer and technology world.
Warning Air Force – people will take this and modify it and “tamper” with it, because they can and its fun and they will want to do other things. Maybe we are finally seeing a shift in policy and focus, and it really makes no difference to me now, but I will watch with curiosity as this and other initiatives like it in Govt/DOD continue to evolve.
Link to distro page – http://www.spi.dod.mil/lipose.htm