So, I’ve been evaluating SELinux for a number of weeks now and I’ve had a wide variety of reactions ranging from excitement to confusion. Now, I’m ready to test out SELinux to get hands on with respect to deployment. Eventually, I hope to be proficient enough with SELinux to feel comfortable deploying it on my houseputer in a consistent manner. My test will consist of the following components: 1. A virtual machine (either Vbox or
[KVM](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kernel-based_Virtual_Machine) if I can get it working) in which I will install [Debian Etch](http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/).
- Following this, I will get X11 and the XFCE desktop environment up an running.
- Once I have a basic-ish system up and running, I will attempt to install the Free version of the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (as inspired by a recent LJ article.) to simulate a system with various usage patterns.
- Upon successful configuration of this system, I will introduce one of the SELinux policies in the Debian package repositories.
Ideally, nothing will break and I’ll have a set of policy files and tools to play with as I explore the system. Let’s see how it works…