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Just some days ago I spend a twelve-hour session on a SGI workstation
installing several audio applications and was quite impressed with
the stability of Irix. Pity they're (SGI) planning to the dissolve it
in the coming years. On the other hand I've got the impression
the 64-bit Linux version of SGI is temporarily a Irix Incognito, but
will certainly gain a similar quality, as Irix currently has.
There are still some things you cannot do on a PC which you can on an Onyx. There are proprietary IRIX applications from 3rd parties (think about CAD) which aren't ported over and it Just Works (tm) for the users. 64-bit Linux cannot and will not be the replacement for all SGI's MIPS and IRIX computers in the short and middle timespan. Maybe in the longterm, eventually. So, just like other platforms like Atari and Amiga, SGI's MIPS and IRIX are here to stay, for now. Although it'll be a niche market -- more niche than Altrix.
As for 6.5.22m in Supportfolio, i'm looking forward to pick it up. I've been trying to get my hands on a CD set of 6.5.22f+ the past months on eBay without succes. I've bidded for as much as 50-70 EUR and i still haven't won because there's always people who seem to pay more in the end of the auction and quite frankly it ain't worth 90+ EUR for me. But the latest maintenance version on Supportfolio has been 6.5.20m, not 6.5.21m. Strange that they skipped 6.5.21m and now suddenly 6.5.22m is there.
Anyway, time for a visit to sgi.com.