UK Royal Navy will run nuclear bomb-carrying warships on Windows 2000

“Almost three years ago the naval systems arm of major UK defence contractor BAE Systems took the decision to standardise future development on Microsoft Windows. an immediate effect was to commit BAE’s joint venture CMS subsidiary, AMS, who specialise in naval Combat Management Systems, to implementing a Windows 2000-based CMS system for the new Type 45 Destroyer. But this prompted strong internal opposition from some of AMS’ engineers, who had a sound background in Unix and who had, despite resource starvation and a companywide policy to standardise on Windows, been investigating open source alternatives as a foundation for future combat systems,” John Lettice reports for The Register.

“They lost. Acting as spokesman for the concerned engineers Gerald Wilson compiled a 50 page dossier detailing the unsuitability of Windows as a foundation for a naval command system, and arguing that BAE’s Unix history and expertise made open source UN*X a logical and viable way forward. The company then made him redundant. In May of this year Wilson reiterated his concerns to the board of BAE Systems at the company’s AGM, pointing out that Windows is “proprietary technology owned by a foreign corporation”, has ‘many and continuing security flaws,’ and is not even warranted by Microsoft itself for safety-related use. Why then, he asked, is AMS ‘shunning established engineering practice’ by developing the Type 45’s CMS on Windows… And in case you’re wondering, the Vanguard class boats carry the UK’s Trident thermo-nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles. So some people think that’s a heap of responsibility for Windows to carry,” Lettice reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The MDN reader who forwarded us this link remarked, “Be very afraid…” Are you?


  1. Road Ferry,

    Typical lunatic, left wing, real muslim terrorist supporting, drivel. I bet your on the Chechan terrorists side in Russia you low life. Saddam murdered millions, paid out $25,000.00 to homicide bombers in Isreal, harbored and colaborated with all kinds of terrorists, was actively seeking WMDs (most likely in Syria now), etc., etc., etc. The world is much safer without this barbarian. Do you think the transition in Japan and Germany went easily? Check the history books and old newspapers. You’ll find the exact same crap went on. They are now much better places. Although Germany didn’t quite make it to Japans glory. Road Roach, what are you going to do about Iran and North Korea??????? I’ll answer that for you, nothing. Because you and the rest of the world are pussies. It will be up to the US again.

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  3. Man that is really, really scarey, I have no idea why the Britts would do something so stupid.

    Sorry for deviating off topic but this has to be said.

    Dandy Boy, wake up to yourself. You country goes to war to defend it’s freedoms and yet when a person exercises their freedom of speech you go off the handle and accuse him of being a “left wing, real muslim terrorist suppoter who side with the chechan terroists.” Can you be any more discriminatory, immature and extremely insensitive in your postings. First and foremost Islam is not about terrorism, terrorist are just fanatics who abuse religion ( Christianity has it’s fair share of fanatics too ). Secondly your post about the tragedy in Russia is extremely insensitive and uncalled for. These people have experienced a large loss and you should not be so blatantly rude about this loss of life ( I bet you don’t like it when people say nasty comments about 9/11 ) Thirdly the arguement about wether the world is much safer post Iraq is argueable.

    You ask the question what Road Warrior is going to do about Iran and North Korea, well what do you think the US should do, risk a nuclear war by invading North Korea, that’s smart. Have you ever heard of diplomacy and negotiation, it’s a wonderful concept.

    You state that the rest of the world are pussies for not wanting to join the US led war, as I recall history correctly, the US at one point was also reluctant to go to war (against a man whom I’d say was far more a threat than Saddam ever was). But the US had good reason not to, did you ever stop to think that other countries also have good reason for not wanting to go to war.

    You know Dandy Boy ( and you too Road Warrior), you should be careful what you type on these forums, this is available to the entire world (those with internet anyway). Comments such as yours not only reflect badly on yourself, but also reflect badly on your country. I am smart enough to realise that what you type is not a reflection of your countrymen, but others may not be. And these other might form an opinion of hate towards you country. I am onot saying this is the sole reason, just food for thought.

    You are entitled to your own opinion, but so are others. IT’S CALLED FREEDOM.

    P.S. sorry for any bad spelling its 2:44am and I am very tired.

  4. Oh, we’re in trouble now. Remember the Yorktown, the Aegis-Class missle cruiser going dead in the water. Thanks for the link, Nacho. This happened not once, but a couple of times. Now it’s the U.K.’s turn.

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  6. I clearly should not read this stuff at work – Dave H makes me laugh out loud and gives me away as surfing instead of working, then Dandy Boy makes me laugh somehow louder by conforming to the narrow-minded, chauvinistic and belligerent American stereotype that, and this is where I stop laughing, is probably going to get perpetrated for another 4 war-mongering and criminally stupid years.

    And good work being a sick arse-hole about the Russian tragedy. Again you do your country a distinctly unpatriotic disservice by projecting your moronic ideas in the name of the US saving the world. Cretinous. Yet somehow I suspect that you won’t be able to grasp your idiocy and will continue unabashed. Vote Republican, will you (when you’re old enough)?

    When America realises that freedom can include ‘from US intervention’, it’ll be a good first step.

  7. i think has been happening for sometime.. $200 million subs just drop off the radar when Windows Crashes. Scary.

    Oh well, they were probably inspired by my homie Steve Ballmer

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  9. dic,

    what are you and your country going to do about the other threats in the world? Iran, North Korea, etc. I would like to wipe out all terrorists everywhere. If you think I was being sick about the Russian tragedy your gravely mistaken. Scum bags like you keep the terrorists in business. People like republicans hunt these sleaze bags down and put bullets in their heads. I’m sure you would rather try to reason with terrorists and hope they’ll leave you alone. Guess what jack ass, not going to happen. Go stick your head back up you ass!

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