Terra Soft Solutions, an authorized Apple Value Added Reseller, has been awarded a contract for 260 Apple Xserves by United States Navy contractor Lockheed Martin. The Xserves will not be running Appleis OS X, however; Terra Soft will instead ship the Xserves with its Yellow Dog Linux operating system. As an article at The Register notes, Terra Soft is the only Apple distributor licensed to sell Macs with anything other than OS X preinstalled. Lockheed Martin will be using the Xserves with the AltiVec optimized PPC Linux distribution as a platform to run a sonar imaging system for the US Navy. From Terra Soft:
Terra Soft Solutions, Inc., leading developer of integrated PowerPC Linux solutions, has been awarded the contract to fulfill a unique sonar imaging system for the United States Navy through defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
As an Apple Proprietary Solutions Provider and developer of the Yellow Dog Linux for PowerPC, Terra Soft Solutions provides a unique, integrated turn-key solution to Lockheed Martin which meets the Navyis requirements for form-factor, density, performance, and use of Linux.
Since March, Terra Soft has provided software engineering and support services which include device driver enhancements, kernel development, tuned firmware allowing serial (RS-232) port-based control; performance testing, and management of third party engineering and systems integration.
Terra Soft will provide support and development services to the Lockheed Martin engineering staff on the units provided under this contract.
The full 260 units recently ordered by Lockheed Martin will be delivered by the close of October 2003. This marks the largest Apple VAR Xserve sale to date.