Matt, while I'm amazed at how far you're getting and I don't know what the application you're trying to deploy is, I'd humbly suggest that you think seriously about building a web front end for your application rather than trying to build and maintain a mixed-world (UNIX+WinXP+Exceed+???) application. Apache is designed to be scalable and failure-tolerant, and the web interface is/can be relatively portable. Your talent and time are better spent solving many problems for your org rather than getting caught up in one.
"There's more than one level to any answer."