Red Hat and IBM have teamed up to make some high performance Nodes. These systems can be either Power or x86 systems. IBM also recently announced their Pure Systems and Pure Application lines of systems. These are pre-built systems with everything built, tuned and ready for your applications. You get the benifit of having IBM's team of specialist build up and tune the systems for you which is great for time crunched projects. IBM of course charges a premium for the systems but they configurations are very flexible. You can check more on the PureSystems here.
HP Announced that they have certified the 12.04 release of Ubuntu for use with their hardware. While there was never a time when it wouldn't have run this means that support calls will get answered. This certification shows both HP commitment to Linux and the Ubuntu specificly. We love seeing HP support linux and really starting to focus on it.
So my friend Walt was looking for a way to store his media on his network. He had been running a freeNAS box for years but really wanted to turn off the loud power hunger 10 year old machine in the corner. So he started researching and first converted a $30 PogoPlug to ArchLinux. This worked but while surfing he found out that a GoFlex could also be converted to run ArchLinux. As he discusses this gives him two advantages. The first is internal 1GB SATA disk is going to be faster than any USB drive. The second is by having an internal disk he can assign a real swap space. It also will let things comiple faster in Arch. Check out his articles and let us know what you would do with the server.