"It looks like your fireing a Tomahawk, click OK for help"
Seriously though, this is quite a scary idea. Why are we accepting windows technology simply because BAE are standardising to windoze? Surely someone along the way can see what a mistake it is. Its insecure, the closed nature of the system will mean its extremely difficult to keep patch managed, and the platform is unreliable. Not the sort of system you want to trust the command and control of a warship to methinks
in fairness to microsoft - the latest round of server and client products are better than ever before - we run a windows xp client WAN, with server 2000 and Server 2003 domains and its as secure as fort knox - we administer the MET police and Cabinet Office Pension Schemes amongst other things, and although we advertise the fact we represent these clients, our network is secure - also microsoft gives out SUS server free of charge, a simple and easy way to distribute patches and service packs to your domain with minimum effort so i dont think you will have much problems on that score - the crunch will come when you get politicians involved in deciding the spec of hard ware and choose cheap over - needed. then it all goes to rat poo.
Not wanting to get into a pro/con microsoft/unix arguement, i do concur that the current windows products are the best yet. But you should expect that shouldnt you?
They are however no where near stable or secure enough to trust command and control systems to. The nature of such a system will mean that it is running bespoke applications which are designed to run on a particular platform specification. It will be impossible to update patches etc on a regular basis because each will have to be tested against the applications to ensure there are no compatibility problems. This is what leaves the system vulnerable for extended periods of time. Where a system is mission critical, and we may be trusting life and limb to it - windows would be well down my shopping list!!!
Secure as fort knox eh rincewind, hope that confidence doesnt jump up and bite you in the arrse one day
XP is linux? and Mac OSX - em, no. They all try and be the same at the graphical user interface - but they are all fundementally different. Windows is the most insecure becasue of the proliferation of windows in the world. Its the biggest, its attacked more. There are linux/unix and Mac specific worms/virus's out there, but you never hear about them (well, maybe rarely). Surprising really, the internet basically exists on unix, and theres the rub, its the most stable and secure O/S available. And in industry, thats without question.
Unix keeps planes in the air, satellites where the're supposed to be, the internet running and email being passed.