ALTADENA, Calif., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- MandrakeSoft S.A., publisher of the Linux-Mandrake operating system today announced the appointment of Jay Beale as Security Group Director. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001113/SFM056 ) Prior to this appointment, Jay has helped guide the Bastille Linux Project as Lead Developer, where he was responsible for the design and development of the high profile Open Source project. He has led the effort to secure or "tighten" Linux systems and currently consults on general Linux security, from firewalling and VPN design to host-level lockdown. Jay regularly writes articles on Linux/Unix Security and is currently writing an upcoming book called, "Securing Linux the Bastille Way." Jay will coordinate MandrakeSoft's security efforts, managing the security team and working to raise the bar on distribution security. He will help develop, design, and oversee additional Open Source projects, to be announced at a later day. Independent of his position at MandrakeSoft, Jay will continue to lead the Bastille Linux project and working on major architecture enhancements with MandrakeSoft's Yoann Vandoorselaere. When completed, their work will allow Bastille to tighten security on many other distributions and Unix-based operating systems. "I'm very excited to be joining MandrakeSoft," says Jay Beale. "We'll be able to tighten security on a Linux distribution from the inside, raising the bar on Linux distribution security. I hope this will be a great win for Open Source software." "In today's environment where security has become very crucial, the appointment of Mr. Beale proves MandrakeSoft's strong commitment to security issues," said Jean-Loup Gailly, CTO of MandrakeSoft. "His expertise will enhance our background and responsiveness to security concerns and will establish MandrakeSoft as a leader in the Linux security field." About MandrakeSoft MandrakeSoft publishes the Linux-Mandrake operating system, based on open-source development (which provides free access to source code published in accordance with a General Public License, or GPL). Several hundred developers throughout the world contribute to the constant improvement of the product directly over the Internet. This international developer community has given Linux-Mandrake a product that is available in over 40 languages. Linux-Mandrake is a very complete system with a choice of several powerful, pre-configured graphic interfaces (notably the leaders KDE and GNOME), as well as more than 2,300 applications including Netscape Communicator, the StarOffice suite, and the Apache Web server. In a testament to its success, MandrakeSoft received the awards for "Best Product of the Year" and "Best Linux-Distribution/Server" at LinuxWorld Expo 99, as well as the PC Answers Platinum Award in April 2000 and the Linux Magazine Editor's Choice Award in September 2000. The company has signed a strategic partnership with the American publisher Macmillan USA and held the number one spot in Linux North American sales for Macmillan USA in July & August 2000 (Source: PC Data). "Born on the Internet," MandrakeSoft established headquarters in Pasadena (U.S.) and Paris (Europe). Please visit the web site, www.linux-mandrake.com for more information. NOTE: Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Mandrake and Linux-Mandrake are trademarks of MandrakeSoft. All other trademarks and copyrights are owned by their respective companies.
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