Apple’s Mac OS X added to U.S. government list of supported platforms

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.

Full article here.


  1. Very nice. The actual document has a rather powerful description about OSX as well…notice the mention of standards, security, and interoperability:

    “Mac OS X � Mac OS X is Apple’s UNIX based operating system based on industry standards. Launched in March 2001, OS X has advanced built-in security functions and complete interoperability with both internet standards and Microsoft products.”

    especially compared with W2K:
    “Windows 2000 – Also known as “Win2K” and “W2K,” it is a major upgrade to Windows NT 4. Launched in February 2000, Windows 2000 comes in one client and three server versions. Windows 2000 looks like Windows 95/98, but adds considerably more features, dialogs and options.”

    The announcement speaks volumes…

  2. Another article I read said that this step is important, but NOT the final step to government acceptance. There is something called Common Criteria that must also list Macs?

  3. This is certainly good news for Apple and its business prospects, but let’s not be too quick about finding any technical validation of the Mac platform and OS X in this announcement. After all, any party which would long ago give the same “blessing” (under the TRM) to Windows — even if Windows 2000 — can’t be terribly discriminating when it comes to matters of security and stability. So I don’t see this as an affirmation of the technical merits of OS X at all even as I do recognize this is certainly good news all the same — from a busines point of view.

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