Feeds

Linux to help police with their enquiries?

Desktop feasibility study for open source OS

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

An influential UK police advisory body has embarked on a three-month feasibility study on using Linux on police force desktops throughout England and Wales.

The Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO), a government body which provides information technology, communications systems and services to the police, is assessing the issues of deploying Linux on up to 60,000 desktop computers.

The evaluation will look at whether the open source OS could meet police requirements on security, stability cost and compatibility with existing systems. Much will depend on the outcome of the study, due in late March, and a PITO spokeswoman was keen to stress that no commitment to Linux has yet been made.

Even though the idea might be shelved, the initial view of Linux by PITO is favourable.

In a statement PITO said: "The police need very secure, virus resistant and stable desktop computing. We believe that Linux can provide this.

"There is a potential total requirement for 60,000 Linux desktop systems within the UK Police Forces so we need a very good understanding of the deployment and migration issues to Linux on the desktop.'

A contract to carry out the study has been awarded to ecommerce consultancy netproject.

Eddie Bleasdale, a director at Netproject, said it was considering recommending a system where police Linux PCs would be set up so that users cannot modify or add software to the PC. The Linux PCs will be configured to be highly secure, with the use of both smart cards and biometrics to enable user identification. Software would be updated over the network.

The Linux study, forms part of a much wider assessment, called Project Valiant, which will examine the requirements for the next generation of police computing. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
Pre-Update versions of new Windows version will no longer support patches
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
Admins dab straining server brows in advance of Trusty Tahr's long-term support landing
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed
Windows 7 making some gains on XP Death Day
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not
Some go up, some go down, Redmond goes silent
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.