Mac OS X and Linux have been added to the list of platforms that are officially supported by the United States government.

“The Office of Management and Budget added Linux and Mac OS to the list of supporting platforms under the Technical Reference Model of the Federal Enterprise Architecture,” reports Jason Miller for Government Computer News.

“The Federal Enterprise Architecture Program Management Office today released Version 1.1 of the TRM with these changes and others. OMB released the first version of the reference model in June along with Version 2 of the Business Reference Model and Version 1 of the Service Component Reference Model,” Miller reports.

“In Version 1 of the TRM, OMB included only Java 2 Enterprise Edition, Java 2 Micro Edition, Microsoft .Net and Windows 2000, and wireless and mobile technologies as supporting platforms, which are the underlying technologies to make systems interoperable. But the program office added Linux and Mac OS X, as more and more agencies use these technologies,” reports Miller.

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