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Network World - Novell last week said it has acquired Immunix, a 7-year-old company founded in part with money from the Department of Defense's central R&D organization to develop security software for Linux .
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Immunix, a Portland, Ore., company with 15 employees, is best known for developing much of the Linux Security Modules (LSM) software used in the Linux 2.6 kernel, a key component of the Linux operating system.
By acquiring the company, Novell hopes to strengthen its security product offerings, says Charlie Ungashick, a director of product marketing at Novell.
Immunix sells software, called AppArmor, which can be used to secure Linux-based applications by limiting how they can interact with hardware within the computer.
AppArmor already is designed to work with Novell's YAST (Yet Another Setup Tool) management software, which makes it a natural acquisition target, Ungashick says. Novell expects to begin selling AppArmor, which will be re-branded Novell AppArmor, within the week, he says.
McMillan is a correspondent with the IDG News Service.
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