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Dec 21, 2007, 05:39 PM
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Link: Apples for the Army (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20071221183935)
Description:: The US army, smarting from earlier hacker attacks on it's computers, is looking to integrate Mac's into it's systems

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Approved by Mudbug

Dec 21, 2007, 05:46 PM
"Lieutenant Colonel C.J. Wallington is hoping hackers won't expect it either."

oops, there goes THAT strategy :)

Dec 21, 2007, 05:50 PM
I don't like the idea of the military using closed source. I wasn't particularly happy with it when a submarine running Win2K had some, er, major problems a couple years ago, and I'm not any happier with it now.

Of course, I don't like closed source in any government/public institution. One of the problems with the modern library world is the proprietary nature of their applications and the resulting vendor lock-in.

With the military, though, there are obviously larger concerns...

Dec 21, 2007, 05:52 PM
"Lieutenant Colonel C.J. Wallington is hoping hackers won't expect it either."

oops, there goes THAT strategy :)

yeah, that's exactly what I was thinking.

Sun Baked
Dec 21, 2007, 06:19 PM
Now that it is finally a buzzword compliant OS with the stamp or approval from the proper people, I'd expect a few more govt. contracts.

While they might have wished a purchase order to go through under Tiger, it likely would have been nixed by the bean counters as not meeting the specs required of the OS -- which Leopard most likely now does meet.

Likely not as big a fight to push through the order.

Dec 21, 2007, 06:25 PM
I'd rather they had something more like this than apples:

Dec 21, 2007, 07:24 PM
A leaked deployment order, for instance, might reveal the path of a supply truck and the points where it could be sabotaged, he says.

"This is information that affects the lives of soldiers and the civilians we're trying protect," Broskey adds. "It has to be safeguarded."

I've always wondered why the government puts national security (such as the above quote) at the mercy of Windows. Now it looks like they're taking a step in the right direction.

Dec 21, 2007, 07:32 PM
My dad deployed Macs in the field for logistics durning Bosnia/Kosovo Conflict. Not because of hacker vulnerabilities, but because they just got the job done and required very little maintenance and support. When he came back our house dropped the PC and we've been on Macs ever since...

Doctor Q
Dec 21, 2007, 11:43 PM
Please continue discussion in the news thread.