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A company that specializes in running Linux on Macs said Wednesday that it has landed a deal to supply the U.S. Navy with 260 Apple Xserve servers.

Terra Soft Solutions said the machines will be used as part of a sonar imaging system that defense contractor Lockheed Martin is building for the Navy. Rather than using the Mac OS, the Apple servers will run Terra Soft's Yellow Dog Linux operating system. Terra Soft is one of a handful of Linux companies that is authorized to sell Apple gear.

"This brings to fruition two years of effort with an intense recent six months of research, coordination, prototype development and testing," Terra Soft CEO Kai Staats said in a statement.

Apple has been trying to make inroads into the federal governement computer market, though presumably it would rather do so with its own operating system, not Linux. Last year, Apple submitted its operating system for a security evaluation that's required for products that federal agencies buy.

An Apple representative was not immediately available for comment.

Joe Fanto, Lockheed Martin's lead project engineer, said the Terra Soft approach "provides an optimal balance of open-source flexibility, AltiVec-enhanced performance and community support."

Terra Soft said the 260 servers that Lockheed Martin ordered will be delivered by the end of October. The company claimed it is an Apple retailer's largest-ever sale of Xserves. Apple introduced the Xserve, its first rack-mounted server, in May 2002.

Navy to draft Linux-powered Macs
By Ina Fried
CNET News.com
August 6, 2003, 5:12 PM PT
URL: http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1104-5060885.html
 

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Whoops!
Perhaps I gloss over subjects that don't catch me?

Anyways, there are some very informative discussions happening over at apple.slashdot.org
The thread I find particularly interesting is about how much of a breakthrough this is for Apple ...even though the XServes are running linux, the point is that the PPC architecure and AlitiVec are proving their worth in high performance computing.
 
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