Linux Gets New Leadership

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-05-01 Print this article Print

Gen. H. Hugh Shelton, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joins Red Hat board, while several open-source luminaries team up in Washington.

In a week of appointments designed to improve the use of Linux in the public sector, General H. Hugh Shelton, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and counsel to the President, joined Red Hat Inc.s board of directors, while several open-source luminaries joined forces with George Washington Universitys Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute. In a statement released on Thursday, General Shelton said he was enthusiastic about joining the Red Hat board and about its "tremendous vision." A native of Tarboro, N.C., Shelton received a Bachelors Degree in Textiles from North Carolina State University. He later became the 14th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on October 1, 1997, and served two 2-year terms. Meanwhile, Brian Behlendorf, a founder of the Apache Web server project; Miguel de Icaza, the co-founder of open-source desktop and server solution provider Ximian; Hans Reiser, creator of the Reiser file system; and Jeffrey Bates, a founder of the Slashdot Web site, have all pledged to help the CSPRI promote the use of open-source software in the public sector.
Behlendorf said that while he wants the public sector to adopt open-source technologies, he also wants to help the government to understand that it "can work with the open-source community to promote open standards, open systems and open government."
De Icaza said he was excited about the opportunity to help further promote the use of free software in the government and all its branches. But Reiser was attracted by the the open-source communitys ability to continue building on the infrastructure to support military grade security. "We have already rewritten the infrastructure supporting the old hierarchical semantics so that they can be upgraded without being discarded. Now, with the assistance of CSPRI, we will be able to start working on these exciting new semantics. We will take Linux into the new millennium by adding support for semi-structured data querying and modeling," he said. Other companies working with Linux have recently moved to seek a federal stamp of approval for their applications running on Linux. IBM in February said it would work with the Linux community to enter the Common Criteria certification process for the Linux operating system early this year and will proceed to certify Linux at increasing security levels through next year. Separately, Oracle Corp. also said in February that it would submit Red Hat Inc.s Linux Advanced Server for a Common Criteria evaluation at Evaluation Assurance Level 2. Once that is completed, which is expected to happen this year, the next step is to evaluate the Oracle9i Release 2 database on top of the evaluated Linux. That is expected to take a few months. Latest Linux News:
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters

Rocket Fuel