Terra Soft Solutions have recently announced the sale of 260 Apple xServe units to Lockheed Martin for use in sonar imaging by the Navy. They’ll be running a variant of Yellow Dog Linux instead of OS X.
“This combination provides a solution twice as dense, less power consumptive, and higher performance than the previous solution at a similar cost.”
The XServe is Apple’s entry into the rack server market, but what’s the point if they’re running Linux (albeit Yellow Dog Linux) instead of OS X? Without OS X, aren’t they just another server? Is the PowerPC really that much better?