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How to make Linux safe in a standards-compliant manner

Open-source software for safety-critical systems


Safe Linux

Table of contents

  • Decoupling hardware and software
  • Centralizing functions
  • Open-source software – mainlinecompliant
  • Standards-compliant 'clearance certificate'
  • Mainline kernel: intensive testing ensures quality
  • Using test tools from the mainline community


The development and certification of safety-critical systems must follow clearly defined processes. Linux, which was developed by a community without a manufacturer that may be held liable, does not meet these requirements. However, the standards specify ways that allow Linux to be used in safetycritical environments.


Resource type
Tech paper


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