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State Of The Art Aircraft Carrier To Be Run With...Windows?

State Of The Art Aircraft Carrier To Be Run With...Windows?

by , 1:30 PM EDT, August 15th, 2000

Macworld is reporting, through an editorial, that the latest offering from the United States Navy, a state of the art flagship aircraft carrier, is going to use a modified version of Windows 2000 as its primary operating and navigation system. Macworld posted the following exerpt from Federal Computer Week:

The Navy's next-generation aircraft carrier -- the symbol of American military might around the world -- will rely on a futuristic version of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system and other commercial technologies for command and control.... Microsoft Federal Systems will help design the ship's IT architecture based on the company's Windows 2000 platform.

In a marvelously humorous look at the subject, Macworld writer Mat Honan says:

Have you ever gotten the Blue Screen of Death on one of those supposedly stable Windows NT systems? Do you remember Back Orifice? Is it just me, or do the half-page of security bulletins on the Windows 2000 security page make you a little jumpy about using a version of it for command and control on an aircraft carrier?

You can, and should, read the entire Macworld article for more information.

The Mac Observer Spin:

Anybody else a little worried about this? Do you remember the stories a few years back of modern Naval war ships having to be towed back to port due to failures in their Windows NT systems? Not that Mac OS 9 is a viable alternative, either. You would think that the Navy, just maybe, could light a fire under Apple's aft end and get OS X out the door. At the very least, you would think that they would consider some version of Unix, anything but some version of Windows!

Apparently even the government has to settle for second best. :-)

One last note, we are not used to seeing editorials with an edge to them at Macworld Magazine and we have to say we like it! A tip of the Mac Observer Hat to Mat Honan.

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