While we wait for more words… US Govt released a linux distro

While watching the UK Government prevaricate over what is
an open standard and what to do about it all, we missed something far more interesting from the USA.

Memerised by a government answer to an FOI request that the debate on open standards was raging in the press and with lobbying organisations we missed the release of Lightweight Portable Security Linux. While you can read it all yourself I wanted to pull out a few quotes:

Lightweight Portable Security (LPS) creates a secure [1] end node from trusted media on almost any Intel-based computer (PC or Mac)

The accredited LPS-Remote Access is only for accessing your organization’s private network

LPS-Public is a safer, general-purpose solution for using web-based applications

A user can improve security by rebooting [2] between sessions, or when about to undertake a sensitive transaction. For example, boot LPS immediately before performing any online banking transactions [3].

The rest of the website is well worth a read, too.

[1] Some of you might recall the UK Govt’s head of the Efficiency and Reform Group Ian Watmore, expressing concerns how easily open source could be “hacked”.

[2]Providing, of course we can persuade OEMs to continue to allow end-users to retain control over their own computers

[3] You might also recall the advice of the NSW Police “Don’t bank on Windows”.

Meanwhile over here we are waiting for the UK Government to publish a new open standards definition by the end of the year.

— Gerry Gavigan, Chair, 30 September 2011

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