Apple is acquiring more recognition as a credible choice for business, enterprise and government customers.

Yesterday, Mac OS X and Linux were added to the list of computer platforms officially supported by the US Federal government, reports Government Computing News.

OS X has been introduced in v1.1 of the Technical Reference Model of the Federal Enterprise Architecture Program Management Office. The previous model included only J2EE, Java 2 Micro Edition, Microsoft's .Net and Windows 2000, and wireless and mobile technologies as supported platforms.

This follows InfoWorld's recent special report into Apple, in which it said: "We strongly advise IT to look at Mac clients, Xserve products, and Panther without prejudice. Apple is playing in the big leagues now."

TechNewsWorld – which focuses on business use of IT – yesterday published its review of Apple's Xserve, concluding: "While decidedly Apple, Xserve puts to shame many of the Linux distributions available by tying together the diverse number of applications that are needed to administer an equivalent Linux server into a simple, GUI-driven interface. Xserve plays well in a Windows network, but also accommodates a variety of network constructions – all from a tight 1U package."

Linux users also continue to look at Apple's solutions with interest. Today's Linux Journal praises the company's work with the open source community: "Apple, moreover, has been extremely intelligent in its relationships with the Open Source community. Even though Apple continues to develop, support and sell closed-source solutions (Mac OS X), they have shown great interest in the Open Source world and have released the kernel of OS X (Darwin) under an open-source license. Under such circumstances, it is not surprising that more Linux users are approaching Apple solutions, which are innovative and not hostile to open-source solutions."