Not Your Average Linux Distribution: DOD's Flavor
By Elizabeth Montalbano
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Not Your Average Linux Distribution: DOD's FlavorThe Department of Defense (DOD) has released a unique Linux distribution designed to be a secure option for people, such as telecommuters, who need remote access to internal government and corporate networks from potentially insecure desktops. Created by a collaboration between the DOD and the Air Force Research Laboratory, Lightweight Portable Security (LPS) can be booted from a CD or flash drive onto nearly any Intel-based PC or Mac, according to information posted on the project's website
........"LPS-Public turns an untrusted system (such as a home computer) into a trusted network client," according to the DOD. "No trace of work activity (or malware) can be written to the local computer," nor is there any record of what users did on the PC during the session. While a public image of LPS
is available online for free download for anyone, the DOD may have created it with federal government teleworkers in mind.......... .........quick-start guide
.....distribution includes a smart-card enabled Firefox browser supporting common access card (CAC) and personal identity verification (PIV) cards, a PDF and text viewer, Java, and Encryption Wizard-Public, according to the DOD. .........It is a 135 mb download. Much smaller than Ubuntu and other distros.
Direct link to download: public image of LPS