Windows for Warships, coming soon to an ICBM-bearing sub near you!

OSS torpedoed: Royal Navy will run on Windows for Warships. “Combat management contractor opts for Win2k as base OS.” from The Register

Deeply disurbing. I don’t think that Windows was ever developed for, and carries a warranty forbidding, operations in such sensitive environments as nuclear plants, life support or warship command & control centers. While the stability and reliability of the system has improved vastly over the past few versions, it doesn’t touch Unix and real time OSes for reliability. How long will it be before someone hooks up their laptop for diagnostics, forgetting they have a wireless connection to the Internet, and popups invade these systems? “Mission-critical” in this case means lives are on the line, and Windows is for home and office machines, not warships.

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