IronKey military grade USB drive now supports Linux

IronKey has announced that its military grade USB thumb drives are now available for all major Linux distributions.


IronKey supports Linux distributions above Linux kernel 2.6, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, Kubuntu 7.1, Kubuntu 8.04, Ubuntu 7.1, Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron), OpenSUSE 10.3, OpenSUSE 11, Fedora 8, Fedora 9, Sabayon 3.3, LinuxMint 4, CentOS 5.1, and Gentoo 2007. In justifying its (partial) embrace of Linux, IronKey quotes an IDC report stating that the growth-rate of Linux desktops “will continue at a compounded annual rate of 30 to 40 percent.”

Here’s the specs.

  • Fast 30MBPS Read, 20MBPS Write
  • Drive contents encrypted with AES CBC-Mode Encryption
  • Onboard IronKey Password-manager keeps all your internet passwords safe
  • Secure version of Firefox included that encrypts all your web-surfing traffic
  • Encased in a potted metal case, not plastic, making it one of the strongest USB keys around
  • Exceeds MIL-STD-810F military waterproofing standards
  • The encryption chip self-destructs if an invasive attack is detected
  • If your Ironkey is lost, you can restore from a secure backup to a new Ironkey in minutes
  • Dual channel SLC NAND Flash for high-quality and read/write speeds
  • Windows XP and Windows Vista only, but Mac and Linux drivers are in development

The IronKey comes in a choice of either 2GB, 4GB or 8GB and is available to buy online from $78.99 to $299.99 from ThinkGeek.

via Linux Devices